The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force May 28 praised President Clinton's signing of an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in the federal civilian workforce.
"We applaud President Clinton for this act of leadership and fairness," stated Task Force political director Rebecca Isaacs. "Federal civilian workers will now be covered by a uniform policy.
The Executive Order, entitled Further Amendment to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, ensures that all federal agencies ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Many but not all federal agencies currently have some form of policy prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination. This Executive Order adds sexual orientation to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, and age as the list of categories for which discrimination is prohibited. Upon signing the order the President also advocated for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which is currently before Congress.
"This is an important step in countering employment discrimination. All people should be able to work free from discrimination," said Isaacs.