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President Obama Will Sign LGBT Employment Executive Order

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

President Barack ObamaPresident Obama will finally sign an executive order requiring that all companies who contract with the federal government must not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Think Progress reports:

The order, expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, is an extension of orders previously issued by past presidents — most recently Johnson — similarly banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin among all contractors and subcontractors who do over $10,000 in business with the government in any one year. The protections will reach over one million LGBT workers across the country, making it the single largest expansion of LGBT workplace protections in our country’s history. There continue to be 29 states that offer no employment protections on the basis of sexual orientation and 32 with no protections based on gender identity, but many LGBT workers in those states will now have workplace protections for the first time ever.

A new HRC poll shows that 63% favor a law protecting the LGBT community in the workplace.

LGBT Weekly reports:

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) today released new public opinion research that conclusively demonstrates strong public support for federal non-discrimination workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers. A national survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted June 6-10, 2014 by TargetPoint Consulting found that 63 percent of those surveyed favor a federal law that protects gay and transgender people from employment discrimination while only 25 percent oppose it. Enthusiasm for this is especially strong among supporters: 42 percent strongly favor it, while only 16 percent strongly oppose.

And Senator Orrin Hatch has the gall to ask the President to put conditions on his order, after helping to block the passage of ENDA for how many years?

The Washington Blade reports:

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is calling for the executive order that President Obama is poised to sign barring LGBT discrimination among federal contractors to include a religious exemption along the lines of the pending Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Hatch made the comments via a statement to the Washington Blade in response to a request to comment on the directive, which the White House on Monday announced President Obama intends to sign. “While the specifics of this executive order are not yet clear, I believe it must include the same religious protections that are included in the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate,” Hatch said.

OMG, the balls it must take to stand up and say that with a straight face (pun intended).

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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Says US Marriage Equality Inevitable

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Utah Senator Orrin HatchA conservative US Senate Republican thinks that US marriage equality is now all but inevitable.

The Huffington Post reports:

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch conceded Wednesday it’s only a matter of time before gay marriage is legal across the country, even though he doesn’t think that’s the right way to go. Hatch said people who can’t see what’s happening aren’t living in the real world. He made the remarks during an appearance on KSL-Radio’s Doug Wright Show. “Let’s face it: anybody who does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn’t been observing what’s going on,” said Hatch, a seven-term Republican senator who has been a proponent of keeping marriage exclusively between a man and a woman.

Surprisingly, he also supported the two judges in Utah who issued pro-marriage equality rulings. Is the GOP slowly (ever so slowly) turning over a new leaf on the issue?

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USA, Utah: Anti Gay Senator Orrin Hatch: Gay Marriage Will Win

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Utah Senator Orrin HatchUS Senator Orrin Hatch, a Mormon and opponent of marriage equality, thinks the Supreme Court will ultimately support it.

On Top Magazine reports:

On Thursday, Hatch told Salt Lake City CBS affiliate KUTV that “many feel that once it gets to the Supreme Court, they’ll find an equal protection or due process situation that would allow gay marriage in every state.” “Well, I’m hoping that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide that the states have a right to decide their version of marriage,” he added, a reference to a Utah appeal to uphold the state’s ban.

Even some of our fiercest critics are now saying they think that marriage eqwuality will win – how far we have come.

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Utah, USA: Senator Orrin Hatch Won’t Support Constitutional Ban on Marriage Equality

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Utah, USA: Senator Orrin Hatch Won't Support Constitutional Ban on Marriage EqualityOn Tuesday Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Mitt Romney’s most prominent Mormon supporter in the U.S. Senate, broke with the presidential candidate on amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage, saying that even though he doesn’t agree with marriage equality, “I’m a believer that the states should make their own determination” and “have a right to do it.”

A federal marriage amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman, which conservatives have unsuccessfully brought to a vote several times in Congress, would ban all states from enacting laws from establishing marriage rights for gays and lesbians and would conceivably end any future gay marriages in those states that have already enacted marriage equality.

Walking through the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Hatch — who has been lauded as an early GOP supporter of AIDS funding in the ’80s, when the disease was ravaging the gay community — was asked if his beliefs on marriage for gays and lesbians had evolved.

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