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Gibbs: ENDA Still a Priority

Gibbs: ENDA Still a Priority


Gibbs would not discuss whether President Obama would mention any legislation in his State of the Union.

The White House is working to "make progress" on making it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on gender identity or sexual orientation, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at Thursday afternoon's briefing.

Chris Johnson of the Washington Bladeasked Gibbs whether the White House will be taking up a landmark issue, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, right after a congressional victory to repeal "don't ask, don't tell."

Gibbs responded, "I think there is a whole host of things that the president has made part of his campaign, we talked about [the Defense of Marriage Act] a few days ago, ENDA, and other things that are important to build off the progress of repealing 'don't ask, don't tell.' Those continue to be priorities of the president, and we will certainly work to make progress on those fronts in obviously a much more challenging Congress over the course of the next two years."

Gibbs also said he would not discuss whether President Obama would mention any gay rights legislation like ENDA in his State of the Union address this coming Tuesday.

Watch the exchange below:

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