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HRC to Continue Advocating for a Federal Non-Discrimination Executive Order

Earlier today, LGBT movement organizations were told that the Obama Administration is not ready to move forward with a federal contractor nondiscrimination executive order at this time.

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.  We’re disappointed with the decision, which is overwhelmingly supported by the American people. 

Here’s a statement from HRC President Joe Solmonese following today’s meeting:

Earlier today, we were told that the Administration is not ready to move forward with a federal contractor nondiscrimination executive order at this time.  We are extremely disappointed with this decision and will continue to advocate for an executive order from the president. The unfortunate truth is that hard-working Americans can be fired simply for being gay or transgender. Given the number of employees that would be covered by this executive order, it represents a critical step forward.

Ten years of HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, as well as the research of our partner organizations to include the Center for American Progress and the Williams Institute, demonstrate that there is ample rationale for this kind of order. No similar executive order has ever had this kind of extensive research or factual basis established. While we believe that further study is unnecessary, we will continue to engage with the Administration to ensure that the case is made even stronger for workplace protections.

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