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Obama's Executive Order A Big Win for Gay Rights

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  • Center Left
    Independent
    Denton, TX
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    Obama to sign executive order curbing discrimination against gays

    Article points out that roughly 20% of the US workforce does business with government. And with this executive order signing, it will protect some 11 million workers who's rights are not currently protected under state laws. Way it breaks down is 21 states bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But the other 29 do not.

    This will stop that, and make the barring universally unlawful across the country, as it should be. At least this is a start. The executive order only forbids companies that do business with the federal government to discriminate; that's as far as an executive order can reach, so I understand. Correct me, if I'm wrong.

    Still, a big win for gay rights. Yet another big win for gay rights in the last 2 days actually, as the court of appeals in Alabama just overturned the state's gay-sex (sodomy) ban. What a bigoted law that was to begin with.

    Appeals court overturns Alabama's gay-sex ban
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
    Democrat
    Portland, OR
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    I'm looking forward to having the President sign this order. It seems like he's waiting until the Supreme Court rules on the Hobby Lobby case before moving forward with this, which is the smart thing to do. It would be premature to sign an executive order on something the Supreme Court could promptly render useless if they come out with a draconian ruling giving private companies broad authority to discriminate against their own employees. Let's hope they tailor their ruling in a narrow manner.