Despite Marriage Equality Shift, Obama Still Won’t Sign LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Thursday May 10, 2012 9:01 am

I think that the President’s announcement yesterday on marriage equality is worthy of praise. Yet I also see John Cole’s point that, at the end of the day, the President merely expressed an opinion. Presidents expressing an opinion matters more than, say, me expressing one, but we can judge on actions and not words. And there is a list of advances over the last four years on gay rights.

That’s why it’s so puzzling that, on the same day as this expression of opinion, the Administration reiterated that they will not sign the executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at federal contractors.


Gay Donors Begin Boycotting Obama Campaign Over Anti-Discrimination Executive Order (ENDA)

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 7:40 am

LGBT fundraising has replaced Wall Street as a main source of support for the Obama campaign. But the President’s equivocation on ENDA and confusing rhetoric on marriage equality on other gay rights issues has depressed that support. In some cases, it has closed up that well.

Establishment, Activists Mobilize Against White House on Anti-LGBT Discrimination Executive Order

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 10:34 am

I hope the marginal benefit of not pissing off homophobes in swing states who weren’t likely to vote for the President anyway was worth it.

Obama Administration Suddenly Decides “Time Is Right” for ENDA

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 11:41 am

I have to agree with HRC that the time is most certainly not “right” for ENDA in the political sense of the term, though the time has been right for it on a moral level for many years. This is a uniquely cautious White House, so spooked about the election as to not even use its power to write an executive order preventing LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, and now they announce “the time is right” to pass ENDA without delay?

LGBT Activists Plan Grassroots Campaign to Confront Obama Over Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Monday April 16, 2012 3:25 pm

Since the White House dropped an expected executive order preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors, activists have been planning a “We Can’t Wait”, campaign, co-opting a slogan the White House has used in recent executive branch announcements.

White House Nixes Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination by Federal Contractors

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 7:35 am

Administration. Either that, or the White House just values them a whole lot. Over the past couple weeks, not one but two potential restrictions on them have been lifted. The first was when the Administration abandoned a plan to force disclosure of political donations by companies who have contracts with the federal government. And the second dropped today.

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