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11/04/2013

POTUS reminds Congress that wantonly firing people because of who they are is a bad thing

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 At 7.31.46 AmWith our so many advancements, it's easy to forget how great it is to have a President who says things like this:

"America is at a turning point. We're not only becoming more accepting and loving as a people, we're becoming more just as a nation. But we still have a way to go before our laws are equal to our Founding ideals. As I said in my second inaugural address, our nation's journey toward equality isn't complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

In America of all places, people should be judged on the merits: on the contributions they make in their workplaces and communities, and on what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the content of their character." That's what ENDA helps us do.
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—President Barack Obama, in an Op-Ed calling on Congress to pass the Employment NonDiscrimination Act

Some are criticizing the President for not taking stronger stands on this matter, and there is certainly some truth to that. It's also true that we have had (and could again have) Presidents whose statements would be the inverse of what we see above. I, for one, am not willing to let the bumps, frustrating delays, and even occasional derailments overshadow the fact that we have made unbelievable progress in the past four years—progress that could have gone quite differently under a different President.

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