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Response to dbackjon (Reply #15)

Tue Jun 11, 2013, 09:21 AM

20. Executive Orders are a band-aid IMHO

It can be effective in some areas (i.e. regulations) but what can be done with a stroke of a pen can quickly be undone as well. Building Congressional support for a long-term legislative change for an issue like employment non-discrimination is a far more effective strategy IMHO (see: DADT).

Obama will sign ENDA if it comes up for his signature. I think that it was introduced in the Congress after President Obama was first elected but it hit an unresolved snag over protections for transgender individuals if I remember correctly. Now, we just need to clear out the teabagger infested House and get a few more LGBT-friendly Senators and re-introduce it. I will say that a lot of corporations and state/local governments have been pretty progressive on the non-discrimination front and a lot of them have already voluntarily adopted non-discrimination policies that cover LGBTs, even in states that have no official non-discrimination laws. Still, having a national law would be preferable but I also believe that it is inevitable, just like full 50-state recognition of marriage equality.

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