After legislation that would prohibit most cases of LGBT workplace discrimination witnessed an exodus of support from several major LGBT-rights groups earlier this week, Republican supporters of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act are vowing to push forward.
Multiple conservative supporters of ENDA indicated to Metro Weekly their intent to continue seeking cosponsors in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, signaling a growing divide within the LGBT advocacy community over the future of LGBT nondiscrimination statutes. Read more
If there were any lingering doubts over President Barack Obama’s legacy on LGBT rights, the nation’s first African-American president appeared to wipe them away last week.
On June 16, after years of pressure from outside groups, the White House announced that Obama would sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The news that Obama would at last act on something he said he would do when running for president in 2008 was greeted with applause — and relief — from LGBT advocates previously puzzled by inaction on the executive order. Read more
Opponents of same-sex marriage tried to keep their movement alive during a rally Thursday outside the United States Capitol.
An estimated 2,000 people turned out for the National Organization for Marriage’s “March for Marriage,” with speaker after speaker vowing to take a last stand against growing support for marriage equality. Read more