#Obama.

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In 2008, then-Senator Obama told the Houston GLBT Political Caucus that, if elected President, he would sign an Executive Order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by companies that do business with the federal government. [1]

And right now, that exact Executive Order is sitting on President Obama’s desk, but he hasn’t yet signed it. White House insiders tell us he’s waiting until Pride Month or after the election for “strategic timing.”

We’re sick of our jobs and relationships being played for politics, and we know you are too. We’re making an issue of this today.

Will you join us in demanding that Obama immediately sign the Executive Order to protect LGBT workers?

Establishment organizations have been telling us for months that it’s “crazy to demand change in an election year” — that we should wait our turn and ask nicely for our equality in 2013. But we’ve been waiting for Congress to pass employment protections for LGBT workers since 1974, when the “Equality Act” was introduced! Since then, Congress has failed us every session. Even when Democrats had a majority in the House and the Senate back in 2010, they couldn’t get the job done — despite the support of 73% of voters! [2]

Momentum is building for the President to sign this Executive Order — immediately protecting 22% of the American workforce, from Georgia to Ohio to Texas to Wyoming. [3] Over 105,000 people have already expressed their support through a Change.org petition by our friends at Freedom to Work — and the blogosphere is buzzing, as well.

We can’t wait. There are too many people across the country who can be fired simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. President Obama must honor his campaign promise of adding protections for these workers, and must stop playing a political game with our jobs.

We’ll deliver your signature — and the 105,000 others collected by Freedom to Work — to the White House. In the meantime, we’ll be working to push this issue in the media, and get President Obama’s attention.

Will you join us on this petition today? It only takes a moment to sign.

– Heather, Robin, and the GetEQUAL team

[1] MetroWeekly: “Then and Now” — http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=7139

[2] Freedom to Work: “Polling Shows Strong Support for ENDA” — http://www.freedomtowork.org/?page_id=39

[3] Washington Post: “An order that would ensure a level field for gays in federal contracting” — http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-president-should-extend-workplace-protections-for-sexual-orientation/2012/02/03/gIQACNK7uQ_story.html

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