Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

In an op-ed released on Friday, The New Times called on President Obama and Congress to pass the long overdue Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Currently, 29 states do not have a state law to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from being fired because of their sexual orientation in, and 34 states lack similar protections for transgender Americans.

If passed, ENDA would afford all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice

The Editorial Board wrote:

Congress has a duty to stop dawdling and approve a strong bill. In the meantime, President Obama, a supporter of ENDA, can take a significant step toward ending discrimination in the workplace by issuing an executive order barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. He has the power to protect millions of American workers, and it is about time he used it.

Read the op-ed in its entirety on NY Times.

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