Jewish Group Presses Obama on Executive Order
BY Neal Broverman
April 22 2012 5:20 PM ET
High-ranking officials with Judaism's liberal sect are urging President Obama to sign an executive order that bans the federal government from contracting with corporations that discriminate against LGBT people.
The Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center lobbies for causes in Washington, D.C., and are usually on the side of Democratic causes. The group advocated for the extension of unemployment insurance and critiqued the House of Representative's GOP-dominated attacks on contraception. But the RAC is going against the president by calling him out on his refusal to sign the order.
"The federal government is by far the nation's largest employer and through its actions sets an example for other employers to follow," wrote Rabbi David Saperstein, who heads the RAC. "By making clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unacceptable, the government can play a transformational role... We urge the president to reconsider this decision and fulfill his commitment to ensuring a future in which all Americans are treated with dignity and respect." Read more here.