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Senators ask Obama to ban anti-LGBT discrimination by contractors & you should too!

February 14, 2013

Thirty-seven U.S. senators, led by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Because of a lack of clear federal protections, it remains legal to fire or refuse to hire people based on their sexual orientation in more than half the country — 29 states. The same is true for gender identity in 34 states.

Join their call by clicking here to send President Obama a letter asking him to move swiftly to protect LGBT people and their families from discrimination.

The Task Force urged President Obama to take action on the executive order earlier this week in response to the State of the Union, and called upon him to exert his leadership to help pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), federal legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBT people; and repeal the discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA).

The president has the power to issue an executive order banning companies that contract with the federal government from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a direct and immediate action he can take that will help millions of Americans.

Take action now and tell President Obama to sign an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT employees in federal contracts!

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