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Rep. Peters’ Statement on Executive Order Banning LGBT Workplace Discrimination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after President Obama yesterday announced his intention to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:

“President Obama’s action is a step toward equal rights and protection for all workers. Every American deserves the opportunity to work free from discrimination and I call on Congressional leaders to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bipartisan proposal, which would extend workplace protections to all employers, not just those doing business with the federal government. The fact that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is still legal in 29 states, and in 32 states based on gender identity, is unacceptable.”

Rep. Peters has been a steadfast advocate for LGBT equality since his time on San Diego City Council. He is a cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the House and sent a letter with colleagues from the LGBT Equality Caucus urging President Obama to sign this executive order. The Congressman also penned an opinion piece in the U-T San Diego last year explaining his support for workplace protections for every American.