OPM director John Berry talked a bit about LGBT legislation coming up, and he's saying that ENDA is first thing that'll have to pass:
"The most important thing we can do right now is we got to ... secure the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- and it's got to include full transgender protections," Berry said. "I believe that if we all concentrate our efforts where it needs to be concentrated, which is on the House of Representatives and the United States Senate, we can get the job done."
Other pro-LGBT legislation can be more easily achieved, Berry said, if Congress were to pass ENDA.
"If we can get ENDA enacted and signed into law, it is only a matter of time before all the rest happens," he said. "It is the keystone that holds up the whole bunch, and so we need to focus our energies and attention there."
It's what lots of us have been saying for a while - if we can't get a basic statement out of the Congress that says that we can't be fired for being who we are, then DOMA repeal, federal civil union recognition, etc., aren't going to be forth-coming. If we're a constituency that can't keep its eyes on the ball and get the work done where it needs to get done, then don't expect these folks to stick their necks out on harder issues like DOMA repeal.
But I do wonder who that "we" is referring to. LGBT people have been working on ENDA (have you written your House Rep. and Senators about ENDA? If not, what are you waiting for?), but will the Administration?