From the New York Times editorial board:
"President Obama has often issued executive orders to get around recalcitrant Republicans in Congress or to clarify existing policy. Yet there are some areas where the president has been too reticent. The start of a new year is a good moment to point out some matters ripe for executive action.
"We begin with Mr. Obama's baffling refusal to issue an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors based on sexual orientation or gender identity. A long-sought measure to outlaw such discrimination by all employers passed the Senate in November with Mr. Obama's support, but it remains stalled in the House. Many federal contractors already have anti-discrimination policies in place. With a stroke of his pen, Mr. Obama could stop federal money from going to contractors that discriminate. There is no reason for further delay."