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18. from Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office
Mon Jul 21, 2014, 09:14 PM
Jul 2014
VICTORY! A Historic Day for LGBT Equality

“Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters -- I know because I got a lot of them.”

If you’ve ever questioned whether it matters to add your voice to debates about the important civil liberties issues of the day, President Obama’s words from earlier today provide a clear answer. Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office, and I were two of the guests on hand this morning to witness President Obama’s signing of an historic executive order to protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination.

The ACLU and our hundreds of thousands of members and activists across the country helped to make this day possible. Together with our partners at All Out, 81,693 people signed a petition urging to President Obama to sign this executive order without an exemption for religiously affiliated contractors.

Had such an exemption been included in the executive order, it would have enabled taxpayer-funded employment discrimination against LGBT people. Thankfully, President Obama – at your urging – stood strong on the side of basic fairness and equal treatment for LGBT people by rejecting calls for such an exemption.

It goes without saying that we still have much work to do to achieve the goal of full civil rights protections for LGBT people. It’s important, however, to take time to celebrate the significant landmarks along the way. Today was such a day. Thank you for helping to make it possible.

signed executive order
Looking forward to tomorrow.. mahalo bigtree~ Cha Jul 2014 #1
overdue, Cha bigtree Jul 2014 #3
Manana! Cha Jul 2014 #5
KnR! sheshe2 Jul 2014 #2
yes, sheshe2, groundbreaking! bigtree Jul 2014 #4
This message was self-deleted by its author sheshe2 Jul 2014 #7
The advancement of LGBT and their equality, their blessed right to love freely sheshe2 Jul 2014 #8
President Obama will be honored in history as one of the "Civil Rights Presidents", Zorra Jul 2014 #6
kick bigtree Jul 2014 #9
I'm glad he did this but isn't this a bit late? Swede Atlanta Jul 2014 #10
Elect more dems to congress nt IronLionZion Jul 2014 #20
Bless him for doing the right thing, especially since there are legions who won't give him credit. riqster Jul 2014 #11
Kick & recommended. William769 Jul 2014 #12
Now that's the Obama I voted for! Initech Jul 2014 #13
The law should be simple - if a company wants to discriminate against ANYONE including LGBT... LynneSin Jul 2014 #14
kick samsingh Jul 2014 #15
6 years of foot dragging on GLBT issues, & that horrendous DOJ Brief Obama filed in 09 defaming GLBT blkmusclmachine Jul 2014 #16
no one is asking you to hoist him up on your shoulders bigtree Jul 2014 #17
Always focus on the negative IronLionZion Jul 2014 #21
Your comment about 'electing more Democrats to Congress' was misinformed. Bluenorthwest Jul 2014 #23
The national view on this issue has changed a lot in recent years IronLionZion Jul 2014 #24
from Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office bigtree Jul 2014 #18
And, here it is.. Pen stroke.. Cha Jul 2014 #19
Perspective for self congratulatory straights: ENDA has been rejected by every Congress but one Bluenorthwest Jul 2014 #22
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