President Obama is expected to announce his intention to sign an Executive Order that will prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
On Monday, June 16th, a White House official suggested that President Barack Obama is planning to sign an Executive Order to address LGBT discrimination. In a memo from a White House official, it is stated that this “action would build upon existing protections, which generally prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post cited a “confidential memo” submitted to Rep. Barney Frank (D – Mass.) that outlined the minimal impact such an Executive Order would have when it comes to federal contracts.
Until now, President Obama was hoping Congress would pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would make it unlawful for any employer to fire or censure a worker based on sexual orientation. However, with Congress failing to move on the legislation, President Obama is expected to announce his new Executive Order at the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT gala on Tuesday, June 17th.