Good News – Sort Of
President Obama just signed executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and companies it contracts without exempting some religious organizations. That’s despite the highly criticized “Hobby Lobby” decision by the Supreme Court which blessed corps whose owners hold religious views to op out of Obamacare’s family planning benefits.
The order will affect 24,000 companies with 28 million workers, a fifth of the national workforce, but fortunately many large federal contractors already have anti-discrimination policies in place along with almost half the states.
OK, sounds great, but a bill that would ban workplace discrimination of gays and transgenders nationwide has gone nowhere in the ‘Pubs-dominated House.
And the future scenario doesn’t look good. If Hillary runs and wins – a great probability – would she be faced with the same obstructionist Congress? I’m wondering if she’s rethinking whether she wants the job at all. And if Hillary doesn’t run, and the ‘Pubs get in, say with Jeb Bush, the most likely contender for the GOP Presidential nomination, we’re cooked for another eight long years.
Plus, I think we haven’t seen all the repercussions of the “Hobby Lobby” decision.
Not by a long shot.