Pocan Statement on Presidential Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees of Federal Contractors
Jun 16, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), a co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, today issued the following statement on President Obama’s executive order which protects LGBT workers from employment discrimination by federal contractors:
“I am pleased to see President Obama take action to ban employment discrimination by federal contractors. This protection for LGBT workers is long overdue. Congress must still act on the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to ensure all workers are protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We need to give LGBT workers a fair shot to get ahead in life by making sure employers cannot fire, harass, deny a raise, or refuse to hire someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Only 21 states have made it illegal to fire or harass someone based on sexual orientation, or to deny a raise or refuse to hire on that same basis. Wisconsin has been a leader on this issue, becoming the first state to ban public and private sector employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1982.
Source: Representative Mark Pocan’s Website
This morning Snot News reported that the FBI Director said that we may need to adjust hiring policies. Apparently that created a lot of heat. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) went after FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The FBI Director insisted before the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he was against Marijuna use.
Source and Further Reading
The Huffington Post
James Comey: I was Just Kidding About Hiring Pot Smokers…
For the second day in a row, a Federal Court has ruled in favor of LGBT rights. Pennsylvania was added to the list today. The Judge ruled that the Pennsylvania ban on same-sex marriage is Unconstitutional.
Yesterday the Federal Court ruled that Oregon’s Same-Sex Marriage ban was unconstitutional.
Source and Further Reading
Buzz Feed Politics
Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania same-sex Marriage ban.
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Today’s edition of the Capitol Times in Madison Wisconsin posted an article by Jack Craver, titled “J.B. Van Hollen: Wisconsin gay marriage ban likely to be overturned
He admits that the current trend in the Federal Courts has been to over turn discrimination laws directed at the citizens who identify as LGBT. He will fight this aggressively. But he has so much as admitted that it is going to be a loosing battle.
The Capitol Times
J.B. Van Hollen: Wisconsin Gay Marriage Ban Likely To Be Overturned
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It is now legal to get Married in Oregon. A District Court ruled that Oregon’s ten year same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.
Here’s what the Judge had to say
“Because Oregon’s marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest, the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”