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Washington—Following the announcement that President Obama intends to sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement:

“Despite the growing social and political acceptance of LGBT Americans over the years, the sad truth is that discrimination in the workplace against members of this community still exists. It hurts families all across our country, and I commend the president for doing something about it through an executive order that will apply to all federal contractors.

“As a longtime cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, I have been on the front lines of this fight for decades. It is deeply personal to me. ENDA would ensure that no one is denied employment because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The question should be whether a person can do the job, not whether a person is gay, straight or transgender.

“The Senate passed ENDA in November with strong bipartisan support, and I was proud to vote for and speak in favor of this legislation. I hope my colleagues in the House will follow suit, but in the meantime I salute the president for acting now to affirm the basic American belief in equality for all.”

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