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Stonewall Democrat: Obama’s executive order a step in the right direction

July 2, 2014

lgbtEarly this week President Barack Obama announced that he is preparing an executive order that would protect federal employees from being discriminated against because of their gender identity.

“I think it’s always good to make it explicit in an executive order that discrimination based on gender identity is prohibited,” San Antonio Stonewall Democrat Co-Chair Eduardo Juarez said.

The executive order, which Obama announced Monday, comes on the heels of a mid-June executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, Juarez explained.

However, the president hasn’t said when those executive orders will be polished and signed.

Juarez said he thought executive orders were the president’s only option because of a Congress that has been gridlocked for years.

“Of course, I think, having a federal non-discrimination act that would prohibit nationwide discrimination would be the best, but with Congress at the stalemate, I think the president is doing everything he can in his power.”

But even though Juarez said he thinks more needs to be done to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, any step in the right direction is a solid step forward.

“I think it’s great news that the president is doing everything he can,” Juarez said.






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