With federal workplace legislation stalled, most LGBT advocates appear ready to embrace a 2012 ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that protects trans workers. Except one: the National LGBTQ Task Force.
“I am sorry for the times when we stood apart when we should have been standing together.”
Hobby Lobby, 2015, and President Obama.
The Apple CEO took to Twitter saying federal protections for LGBT workers is “a matter of basic human dignity.”
BuzzFeed submitted a public records request for documents about the review. The only document the Labor Department produced was a letter mentioning the “ongoing review.”
Although the NFL’s own policies ban sexual orientation discrimination, most teams are located in states where there is no law to back those protections up.
“It’s clear we have a long road to travel to change hearts and minds and laws all over the world,” he said during the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles.
Obama has pushed LGBT rights more than any other president before him, but his administration has been inexplicably quiet about moving on anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace. Members of Congress and LGBT advocates want action.
The president’s State of the Union address didn’t mention the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or the sought-after executive order to ban LGBT discrimination by federal contractors. “The longer the president waits the more damage LGBT people will face,” one advocate said.
While the White House pushes on Republican House leaders to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the administration won’t explain why President Obama won’t take executive action to protect 20% of workers now.
“Protecting the workplace rights of LGBT workers is a moral imperative,” Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez says. In more than a year and a half, though, his department has remained silent on whether it is taking that action it can to help those workers.
In the five years since Prop. 8, attitudes about same-sex marriage have changed dramatically across the country and within the Mormon church. “I think it’s the best thing that happened to the LGBT community since Stonewall.”
It’s inexcusable that no Republican senators are willing to stand up and defend the Constitution,” said the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer. Only one GOP senator spoke out against the legislation.
On a 64-32 vote, the Senate sends the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to the House, where Speaker John Boehner opposes the legislation. “I think it’s important for the Senate as an institution,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says of Thursday’s vote.
“We’d like to have as broad a coalition as possible in order to create as much momentum as possible for the House to say, ‘Well, this really does merit taking this up,’” Sen. Jeff Merkley says of his efforts to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes House to act after expected Senate passage Thursday.
Coming vote will be the first time Senate has voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since 1996. Seven Republicans joined 54 Senate Democrats in the 61-30 vote to prevent any filibuster of the bill.
The Republican Illinois senator has been recovering from a stroke he suffered in January 2012, but he took to the Senate floor Monday to discuss his support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. “I think it’s particularly appropriate for an Illinois Republican to speak on behalf of this measure in the true tradition of Everett McKinley Dirksen and Abraham Lincoln, the men who gave us the 1964 civil rights act and the thirteenth amendment to the constitution,” he said.
“President Obama has provided years of underwhelming leadership in the fight against LGBT workplace discrimination,” Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work says. Criticism comes hours before a Monday evening Senate vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — and following Obama’s blog post pushing passage of the bill.
Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to move on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act tonight, a Democratic leadership aide says. Update: Reid filed the cloture petition Thursday night.
“Leader Reid informed Leader McConnell that the Senate will consider ENDA next week,” a Human Rights Campaign spokesman says.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to announce the coming floor consideration of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday, his office says.
An executive order banning contractors from discriminating against LGBT people could be seen as “one party sort of taking action prematurely before the Senate has had a chance to vote,” the head of a new campaign to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act says. A break from other LGBT advocates’ public comments.
With a whimper. An unexpected moment as a committee sends a bill to ban anti-LGBT job discrimination to the Senate floor.
“We’re prepared to take this case all the way to trial in Illinois state court to hold Exxon accountable for breaking the law,” Freedom to Work president Tico Almeida says.
“[W]e’ve got to end LGBT discrimination in the places where we work,” Obama told the assembled crowd Thursday. Obama has not acted to end LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, a move he said he would support if elected president.
Representatives Maloney, Polis, Takano and Pocan offer their thoughts on ENDA, President Obama and the executive order LGBT advocates are hoping he’ll sign.
After previously taking care to avoid personal positions on several LBGT issues, the Florida senator got personal on same-sex couples’ immigration rights and “special protections” in the workplace.
After a woman heckled Michelle Obama about LGBT job discrimination Tuesday, advocates hope to keep pushing the issue. Here’s what you need to know about the overlapping efforts that aim to bar anti-LGBT job bias.
A lesson in how not to advance the conversation on workplace discrimination.
With a record number of out LGBT lawmakers, the caucus is aiming to change the Hill — and the country.