Obama Writes Post Urging Equal Treatment Of Gays, Congressional Action

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Obama's administration has aggressively utilized social networking to convey its message, and Obama said workplace discrimination is "offensive." (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Obama’s administration has aggressively utilized social networking to convey its message, and Obama said workplace discrimination is “offensive.” (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — President Barack Obama, in a message written for the Huffington Post, is calling on the Senate to pass legislation prohibiting employment discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Obama 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. During his presidency, Obama, among other moves, rescinded the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule prohibiting gay military people from revealing their sexual orientation.

He notes his administration’s pull back on defending the “so-called Defense of Marriage Act,” their passing of the Violence Against Women Act and his administration standing up against in the Matthew Shepard Act.

Obama goes on to write that the bill already has strong bipartisan support – noting that “several Republican senators” have shown support — in Washington, and among the American people. He said it makes “good economic sense,” and that the majority of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses already have nondiscrimination policies in place.

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

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