Statement on the President’s Employment Non-Discrimination Executive Order

Statement on President Obama Signing an Executive Order Banning Federal Contractors from Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

For Immediate Release

July 21, 2014
Contact: Laura Erickson Hatalsky,

WASHINGTON, DC — The Steering Committee of the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff (GLASS) Caucus released the following statement in response to President Obama’s signing of an executive order that would prohibit contractors from discriminating against workers on the basis their sexual orientation or gender identity.

“GLASS applauds President Obama for signing today’s executive order banning contractor discrimination. While we do not take specific policy positions, we believe that full equality for the LGBT community should supersede politics.

“Although we have seen tremendous progress in states across the country, in 29 states, it is still perfectly legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It will make a tremendous difference to LGBT workers everywhere that the United States government will no longer do business with companies that practice discrimination. The primary focus of the GLASS Caucus has always been on fostering a positive work environment and safe workplace for Senate employees, and this executive order is crafted based on those same ideals.

“GLASS is pleased with the administration’s continued support for LGBT Americans, and we are excited to witness the ongoing progress toward ending all discrimination against the LGBT community.”

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