On March 18th, Senator Martin Heinrich joined over 175 of his fellow Members of Congress in signing a Bicameral letter urging President Obama to issue an executive order to protect gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual workers from discrimination in the work place.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) co-signed a letter today calling on President Barack 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. The letter was led by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and U.S. Representative Jared Polis (Colo-02) and is signed by more than 175 members of Congress.
“[We] urge you to fulfill the promise in your State of the Union address to make this a ‘year of action’ and build upon the momentum of 2013 by signing an executive order banning federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans,” wrote the signatories. “An executive order covering LGBT employees would be in line with a bipartisan, decades-long commitment to eradicating taxpayer-funded discrimination in the workplace.”