Jay Michaelson at The Daily Beast comments on President Obama’s executive order banning all federal contractors from firing employees on the basis of sexual orientation.
“It may surprise readers to know that, in 29 states, one can be fired simply for being gay—but indeed one can. Federal legislation to make such a termination illegal … has died repeatedly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. This year’s version, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), is expected to fail as well.”
“So, as Obama did with the minimum wage a few months ago, he has implemented his own private ENDA.”
“While Obama’s order covers more than 10 percent of the American work force, that leaves a whole lot of LGBT workers left over. And in a political climate where rabid right-wingers such as Tony Perkins can torpedo the candidacy of any Republican deemed to have caved to the ‘gay agenda,’ few in the GOP are willing to take the risk. No one wants to be the next Eric Cantor.”