Obama writes post urging equal treatment of gays

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by Associated Press and azfamily.com

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in a message written for Huffingtonpost.com, is calling on the Senate to pass legislation prohibiting employment discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Obama's administration has aggressively utilized social networking to convey its message, and Obama said workplace discrimination is "offensive."

The president said in Sunday night's post that job discrimination against gays quote, "needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense."

Obama also said that Congress needs to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA. During his presidency, Obama, among other moves, rescinded the "don't ask, don't tell" rule prohibiting gay military people from revealing their sexual orientation.

"Americans ought to be judged by one thing only in their workplaces: their ability to get their jobs done," he wrote. "If someone works hard every day, does everything he or she is asked, is responsible and trustworthy and a good colleague, that's all that should matter."

"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,'" he continued.

Obama says that in the post that America is "becoming more just as a nation."

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake already has said that he will vote against ENDA, citing the potential for increased litigation and compliance costs, especially for small businesses.

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