Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) urged the Obama Administration to continue its expansion of benefits to spouses in same-sex marriages. Davis joined her congressional colleagues in letters to the President and his Labor Secretary Thomas Perez on protecting against workplace discrimination, extending family leave, and including LGBT veterans in employment training services.
“The Obama Administration has been making a commendable and concerted effort to apply federal protections and benefits to same-sex couples,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “Additional rulings to update policy will have an enormous benefit to the LGBT community. These simple changes not only mean equal treatment in the eyes of the law, but they reduce incidents of unemployment and boost our economy.”
In a bicameral letter to President Obama, Davis and 174 of her colleagues asked the President to issue an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity. Davis is also an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit such discrimination in the workplace.
Davis requested an update from Labor Secretary Perez on the Department’s implementation of U.S. v. Windsor, which requires the equal treatment of same-sex couples. The letter also expressed support for ensuring benefits, such as family leave, job training, and non-discrimination practices are implemented quickly.