WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has joined with 194 of his congressional colleagues in sending a letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order banning contractors from receiving federal government contracts unless they have a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"No American should have to live in fear of being discriminated against because of who they are or who they love -- especially where they earn their living. Until Congress can finalize bipartisan legislation to ensure adequate protections for all American workers, the President should prohibit discrimination by companies that do business with the federal government," said Michaud. "I hope the President will take the advice of the more than one-third of the U.S. House and Senate that signed this letter and ensure that this type of discrimination never occurs in the federal workplace."
Michaud is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employers from discriminating against an individual based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation passed the Senate in 2013, and is currently awaiting action in the House. Earlier this month, Michaud noted that Maine voters have already backed similar strong protections at the state level.
The letter was circulated by the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Michaud is a Co-Chair of the group, which is led by the openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members of the House of Representatives, as well as straight allies with a strong commitment to the LGBT community.
The text of the letter can be found here.