LGBT workers from Ohio and Texas were arrested by police today (June 13) outside Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s office for calling on the politician to support workplace protections.
The arrests took place outside Boehner’s congressional office, according to gay rights organization GetEqual. Protesters were asking Boehner to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would prohibit companies nationwide wide to discriminate employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The bill has been introduced in Congress every year for almost 20 years. Last February, a group of 37 senators urged President Barack Obama to issue an executive order that would make it illegal for any employer to discriminate LGBT people.
“Today’s action by these brave LGBT workers shows yet again the absurdity of President Obama’s continued assertion that we wait around for the passage of ENDA to come during this Republican-controlled House,” Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL, said in a statement.
“If the President truly cares about protecting America’s LGBT workers from discrimination, as he has stated many times during his tenure in office, then he’ll announce at tonight’s White House LGBT Pride Reception his intent to immediately sign the federal contractor Executive Order.”
Obama promised in 2008 that he would sign such executive order, but he has yet to do so.