Content Filed Under: Executive Action

Executive orders are the way for a government leader to pass ordinances or laws without taking into account the opinions or arguments of opposition voices. Here, a roundup of executive orders b0th positive and negative regarding non-discrimination and the LGBTQ community.


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Federal Officials Affirm Respect for Transgender Students in Public Schools

By Adam Polaski • May 13, 2016, 10:18 am The letter comes as the administration increasingly vocalizes its position that Title VII and Title IX protections extend to transgender Americans.
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In Historic Step Forward, Louisiana Governor Issues LGBT-Inclusive Employment Executive Order

By Adam Polaski • April 13, 2016, 12:29 pm Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards today helped the state take a major step forward with a new executive order protecting state employees and government contractors from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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Gov. McCrory’s Narrow HB2 Executive Order Leaves Correction of Anti-LGBT Law to North Carolina General Assembly

By Adam Polaski • April 12, 2016, 3:05 pm The only way to restore North Carolina's reputation is to repeal House Bill 2 and pass comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that protect all North Carolinians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Enhances LGBT-Inclusive Executive Order, Extending Protections to State Contractors

By Adam Polaski • April 6, 2016, 4:20 pm Governor Wolf's decision today, which will expand employment protections to more LGBT Pennsylvania, marks a significant step forward – and signals growing momentum in Pennsylvania for comprehensive federal non-discrimination.
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Cities and States Ramping Up Travel Bans in the Wake of North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT HB2

By Megan Clayton • March 30, 2016, 3:30 pm Mayors and governors across the country are standing up to this extreme example of discrimination and state overreach.
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Victory in Virginia: Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Religion to Be Used as an Excuse to Discriminate

By Adam Polaski • March 30, 2016, 10:50 am "We need only look at the damage these types of laws are doing in other states to understand the harm this bill could bring to our Commonwealth and its economy." – Governor McAuliffe
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VICTORY: Georgia Governor Deal Will Veto Sweeping Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 28, 2016, 10:13 am Governor Deal’s veto came after an unprecedented national backlash against the bill, which drew condemnation from businesses, athletic organizations, the entertainment industry, people of faith, conservatives, legal experts and others.
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13 Reasons Governor Deal Should Veto the Anti-LGBT HB757

By Adam Polaski • March 25, 2016, 8:37 am National momentum continues to build against HB757, the bill in Georgia that would allow for broader religious exemptions than we’ve ever seen before – weaponized exemptions that are certainly designed to (and will surely be used to) discriminate against members of the LGBT community.
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Less than 12 Hours After Its Introduction, North Carolina Governor Signs Anti-LGBT Bill into Law

By Adam Polaski • March 24, 2016, 9:15 am During a legislative session that has seen the introduction of more than 150+ bills designed to codify discrimination against LGBT Americans in dozens of states, lawmakers today in the North Carolina General Assembly passed one of the worst, most extreme of those bills.
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Amid Discussion of Statewide Anti-Transgender Ballot Initiative, Seattle Mayor Strengthens Local Protections

By Adam Polaski • March 11, 2016, 2:07 pm This week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order ensuring that the city of Seattle has the policies and procedures in place necessary to create a fully "fair, inclusive, and safe" place for transgender Washingtonians.
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As Mayors Coalition Forms, Pennsylvania Governor Reiterates Call for LGBT Protections

By Adam Polaski • March 4, 2016, 12:55 pm In response to two new federal legal cases filed by the EEOC alleging anti-gay discrimination, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his statewide call for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections.
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Alert: South Dakota Governor Daugaard Must Show Leadership By Vetoing First-of-its-Kind Anti-Transgender Bill

By Adam Polaski • February 16, 2016, 5:58 pm Today, February 16, the South Dakota Senate passed legislation to ban transgender students from using the facilities that would force transgender students in public schools to use restrooms, locker rooms, and facilities that correspond with their biological sex, ignoring their gender identity or expression.
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Pennsylvania Governor Calls for LGBT Non-Discrimination in ‘State of the State’ Address

By Adam Polaski • February 12, 2016, 2:53 pm This week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf reiterated that passing LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections remains a top priority in the Keystone State.