Target: President Obama
Goal: Thank the President for preventing unfair discrimination against employees who work for the federal government
Obama has been attempting to persuade the largely Republican House of Representatives to push through the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) since last year with little luck. According to an article published by BBC News, Obama has decided to use his executive authority to circumvent the House of Representatives with an executive order meant to accomplish some of the same results as the proposed legislation.
ENDA, which will make it illegal for federal contractors with 15 or more employees to make any employment decisions influenced by one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity, will also only apply to federal contractors, which represent about one quarter of American employees. However it is a major step in the right direction. Sign the petition below to help us thank President Obama for using his executive power to bring us that much closer to achieving equality in the workplace.
Dear President Obama,
No one should be denied access to employment based on who they are attracted to, or how they wish to identify themselves, for this has nothing to do with the skills that are required to do any job. Thank you for recognizing that, and for using your executive power to prevent federal contractors from using hiring practices that discriminate against LGBT individuals.
The fact that you have promised to honor the wishes of the American people and hold federal contractors accountable proves your dedication to the welfare of the people that you are presiding over. It surely was not easy to defy the House of Representatives and make this decision, but the thousands of people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, and/or Transgender appreciate your bravery and effectiveness in being their representative.
[Your Name Here]
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