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Gay Couple Talking Employment Discrimination at Today’s Easter Egg Roll

Today, while hundreds of families gather on the White House lawn for storytelling and egg-roll racing, one family plans to reach out to President Obama to emphasize the need for federal protections for LGBT workers.

Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell, a New Mexico couple of 18 years, are attending the White House Easter Egg Roll with their 8-year-old daughter. They plan to use the opportunity to ask Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Scarbrough is a federal contractor with United Healthcare.

According to a recent HRC poll, 73 percent of 2012 likely voters favor an executive order banning discrimination among federal contractors. That’s 73 percent of all American voters, regardless of age, race, education, political ideology or a number of other demographics.

HRC first called for such an order in our Blueprint for Positive Change – a series of policy recommendations we presented to the Obama administration shortly after the election in November 2008. You can learn much more about how an executive order would improve the lives of hardworking LGBT Americans and their families here.

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