Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

MSNBC's Roberts Hosts GetEqual White House Easter Egg Couple On ENDA Exec Order

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | April 10, 2012 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Easter egg roll, ENDA executive order, GetEqual, Jarrod Scarbrough, Les Sewell

This past Sunday, New Mexicans Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell attended the White House Easter Egg Roll with their eight year old daughter. GetEqual, which has declined offers of tickets to the event in the past, accepted this year and provided them to Mr. Scarbrough, who is GetEqual's New Mexico state lead. They planned to ask the President to sign the ENDA Executive Order, which would protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Jarrod, who works for a federal contractor, is protected in New Mexico by a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. But he's transferring to Florida next year with the family. There's no protection against discrimination in Florida.

The couple was interviewed on Thomas Robert's MSNBC show. The issue was also covered by USA Today, the Washington Times and the New York Daily News. An NBC reporter asked the White House press secretary about it at a press briefing yesterday.

So they decided to come as a family to ask the President to please protect daddy Jarrod from discrimination. Right on.

It's crucial that we support organizations like GetEqual, and people like Jarrod and Les, that are willing to speak up about denial of rights to LGBT people. As the President himself said, quoting Frederick Douglass, "power concedes nothing without a demand." We're demanding

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Jillian Weiss is a member of the Board of Directors of GetEqual.

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