July 22, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following a White House ceremony at which President Barack Obama signed an executive order that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracts, and takes the historic step of protecting transgender Americans in the federal workplace:
“Today, we reaffirm the great promise of our nation: E pluribus unum. ‘Out of many, we are one.’ Each generation of Americans moves us closer to fulfilling that promise. By advocating for fairness and speaking out against injustice, we have an opportunity to continue that legacy.
“The President’s executive order represents long-awaited progress for LGBT Americans, but we must act to ensure these basic standards of fairness apply to all Americans. We must work to pass a strengthened Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House of Representatives, where Republicans have been blocking bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate from debate and amendment in the House. Discrimination has no place in our nation – not in our workplaces, not in our schools, not in our society and not in our government.”