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    Since FDR's 1941 executive order barring racial discrimination by defense industry contractors, there have been not less than 13 EO's on employment discrimination by the government and federal contractors. The only ones that are not still in place are the ones superceded by subsequent, more comprehensive orders.

    And bringing up DADT really, REALLY, REALLY is not a strong point in this argument since in the compromise made in May 2010,  the Obama Administration had the non-discrimination provision dropped from the repeal provisions. While the DADT law is repealed and gone, there is no law protecting LGBT servicemembers from President Obama or some subsequent President deciding to engage in morale crushing witch hunts to root out known homosexuals and discharge them from the military, which was the standing order prior to the 1994 passage of DADT. Since there is no provision requiring the military not to discriminate, an President can order the discharge of LGBT people from the military enmass.

    Likely? No, just as it is unlikely a subsequent President would rescind the non-discrimination protections if Obama were to issue them. But, the longer Obama waits the less likely those protection are to be in place when he leaves office making it easier for Obama's successor to rescind them if that person wanted to do so.

    "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

    by craigkg on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 03:29:47 PM PDT

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