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Barack obama
July 15'2014
The
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House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
Like so many Americans, we were proud of your commitment to sign an Executive Order
banning federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) Americans. We urge you to sign this Executive Order as soon as possible without
exemptions, ensuring that it will protect every American who works with the Federal
Government.
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believe that this is a critical step towards ensUring that members of the LGBT
community receive the same protections afforded to all citizens. What matters in the wor"lace
is how you do your job-not
who you are. No one in this country should be subjected to
discrimination and harassment in the workplace.
In20l4, it is absolutely unconscionable that a federal contract worker could be frred on
the basis of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity without legal repercussions. Thanks to
your upcoming Executive Order, this discrimination will be a thing of the past. The federal
government has a moral responsibility to ensure that all citizens are treated equally and with
dignity.
Like many people of faith, we believe that a fully inclusive America benefrts us all.
However, we are disheartened to hear that some faith organizations wish to overtum this
progress and continue this legalized discrimination. Creating a religious exemption for
workplace discrimination would set a dangerous precedent for employees around the country.
With this exemption, employers would be able to frre or refuse to hire someone based on his or
her sexual orientation or gender identity. Your action at the federal level must put a complete
stop to these unfair and discriminatory wor"lace practices.
We thank you for considering our request. Thank you again for your leadership on
advancing LGBT equality, and we look forward to seeing your frnal Executive Order.
Sincerely,
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