On July 21, 2014 President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against Americans working for companies doing business with the federal government based on sexual orientation and gender identity. What a common sense decision. Why should employers be permitted to fire a fellow American because they are gay or because of their gender identity? There is no excuse for employment discrimination, period. Sure, employers should be permitted to “discriminate” between employees based on work quality or production, but because of who they are? Please.
Leave it to our current Republican Congress to authorize discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation and identity. On April 29, 2016, the Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee voted to allow such discrimination. Why stop there? Why not not approve discrimination based on religion, color or any other trait?
We don’t need bigots in Congress. Vote a straight (no pun intended) Democratic ticket in November.