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July 21, 2014 Published in From Congress

Moran Welcomes President’s LGBT Actions

Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, Ranking Member on the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, welcomed President Obama’s executive order signed today banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracts.   The President’s executive order also explicitly protects transgender Americans in the federal workplace for the first time.

“President Obama’s executive order, announced earlier today, represents historic progress for LGBT Americans.  The President is absolutely right to require that the federal government and its contractors not tolerate any form of discrimination,” said Rep. Moran.

Moran added, “It’s now up to Congress to pass a strong Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to extend these protections to all American workers.  Employees must be evaluated based on their qualifications and competency, not personal characteristics that have nothing to do with job performance.  Freedom from discrimination should not be a privilege granted by an employer, but a right possessed by all employees.”

Federal contractors employ approximately 20 percent of the American workforce, or 14 million people.  Moran had earlier joined House LGBT Equality leadership and Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to encourage President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting anti-LGBT or gender identity discrimination by federal contractors.

Moran is a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus and was instrumental in repealing the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

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