We need more than speeches
Tonight, President Obama will again deliver a "State of the Union" address. This is an important speech that typically shows the country what the White House's priorities are for the year. This year, however, there is special significance to the speech.
In the lead-up to this year's State of the Union address, the White House has repeatedly stated that this is a "Year of Action" for the White House -- that the Obama Administration is tired of waiting on Congress to lead, and will be taking executive action wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans.
In fact, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney just said this on Sunday:
"I think what we saw last year in 2013 was a Washington that did not deliver for the American people. And the president sees this as a year of action to work with Congress where he can and to bypass Congress where necessary, to lift folks who want to come up into the middle class."
So we're again looking to President Obama to keep his word -- to step up to the plate and to deliver an executive order that would protect millions of LGBTQ workers from employment discrimination.
Help us get the message out today in the lead-up to the State of the Union address -- here are some sample tweets and Facebook posts you can use to influence the conversation (click on each of the tweets below and we'll make it really easy for you!):
- .@BarackObama - Millions need you to sign an exec order protecting #LGBTQ workers from discrimination #MoreThanSpeeches #YearOfAction #SOTU
- .@BarackObama - You promised action on the federal contractor exec order in 2008 - time to step up! #MoreThanSpeeches #YearOfAction #SOTU
- .@BarackObama - We agree it’s time for a #YearOfAction! Sign the #LGBTQ employment exec order today! #MoreThanSpeeches #SOTU
Thought gay NBA basketball player Jason Collins has been invited by President Obama to attend the State of the Union address, this invitation doesn’t change the fact that President Obama still refuses to sign an executive order that could improve the lives of millions of LGBTQ workers. Each day that the president fails to take action, millions in our community fear losing their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love, at the same time that the federal government pays billions of dollars in federal contracts to companies like ExxonMobil that have long histories of discrimination against LGBTQ workers.
But all of this can change if President Obama finally signs an executive order to stop wasting taxpayer money on companies that refuse to protect LGBTQ workers against discrimination. This is why we need your help in tweeting at President Obama before, during, and after the State of the Union address -- demanding that he keep his word and take this executive action.