Viktor Kerney

Is the ENDA Executive Order Necessary?

Filed By Viktor Kerney | December 11, 2012 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: ENDA, LGBT workplace rights, President Obama and LGBT rights

In April, the White House said they would not issue an executive order to prevent federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Thumbnail image for bigstock-Question-6238425.jpgMany activists were not pleased and thought the White House was too timid on this issue.

Fast forward eight months later. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was questioned by the Washington Blade about revisiting the idea. Carney said that the President had no current plans to pursue the executive order. Carney also pointed out that the executive order does not provide protections for all LGBT workers.

These statements didn't sit well with many activists and solidified their doubts from months back. But I have to wonder if this is a bad move or the right move?

When it comes to President Obama's commitments to our community, you have to admit he has been on point. You can't deny that. If Jay Carney says that President Obama wants to pass ENDA through Congress, should we trust him and move on? And if the executive order only works for some and not all, will that be enough?

Remember, that was somewhat the issue when Congress tried to move ENDA forward without gender identity. We don't want to go through that again, right?

I keep going back and forth on this issue, so I turn to you all... Should we continue to push for the executive order, or trust that ENDA can get through Congress - just like DADT repeal did?

Please share your thoughts.


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