'White House Has Responsibility to Enforce Non-Discrimination Policies'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the Bush Administration's removal of long standing
references on the Office of Special Counsel Web site regarding federal
policies barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation:
"I have long fought for equal rights for lesbians and gays
in all sectors of employment -- federal, state, local, and the private
"The actions of Special Counsel Scott Bloch are not only needlessly
divisive, they are simply wrong as a matter of law. It is the responsibility
of government to defend and protect the civil rights of all Americans
and to enforce non-discrimination policies.
"Mr. Bloch's willingness to tolerate discrimination on the
basis of sexual orientation is contrary to federal law, which has
long been held by the Office of Special Counsel during Administrations
of both political parties to prohibit discrimination in the federal
workplace on the basis of sexual orientation.
"I call on President Bush to denounce this blatant act of discrimination,
and to immediately restore workplace protections as required by
"It is unacceptable to use an ideological or political agenda
to subvert years of settled interpretation of federal personnel
policies and statutes. Once again, this Administration has sought
to divide the American people for political purposes. The American
people deserve better."
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