Washington Post Urges Obama To Issue Nondiscrimination Order

An editorial in Thursday morning’s Washington Post condemns the Obama administration for punting on an executive order that would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracting. After deriding Jay Carney’s efforts to explain the White House’s decision — he claimed President Obama wanted to focus on building legislative support for the more inclusive Employment Nondiscrimination Act or ENDA — the Post concludes, “The president played a pivotal role in the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and also deserves credit for refusing to defend the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. He should again seize the mantle of leadership by issuing an executive order that prohibits the federal government from doing business with contractors that fail to guarantee basic fairness to their LGBT employees.” Indeed, ENDA stands little chance of passing in a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.