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HRC Poll: 73% Support Federal Equal Benefits Order

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A poll conducted by the nation’s largest LGBT rights group shows that voters overwhelming support an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign announced the results of its survey conducted last November among 800 likely voters on Wednesday.

HRC found that 73 percent of respondents support a directive from President Obama that would prohibit companies doing business with the federal government to discriminate against LGBT employees. Nine percent said they opposed the policy, while another nine percent said they were unsure. Right now, federal law does NOT protect sexual minorities from workplace bias.

HRC spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz says the results specifically show that Americans, regardless of demographic characteristics, oppose discrimination.

COLE-SCHWARTZ: There aren’t a lot of political issues in this country where you have liberals and conservatives, urbanites and rural voters, born-again Christians and atheists, I mean, you go through the list and this is above 60 percent support for all of those groups.

Cole-Schwartz says HRC has shared the poll results with the Obama administration with the hopes of “building a strong case so that they have the best information to make a decision on [an executive order].”

Earlier this month, D.C.’s MetroWeekly uncovered a 2008 questionnaire in which then-presidential candidate Obama promised to implement a policy protecting LGBT workers. It came after sources reportedly told the gay publication that the Departments of Labor and Justice have signed off on an executive order and that it’s now bottled up at the White House.


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