02/07/2012 04:04 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

LGBT Discrimination Protection Sought: Advocates Push For Executive Order

Twenty-three years before the Civil Rights Act, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order that banned the federal government, including the armed forces, from discriminating on the basis of race, color, creed, or national origin.

Now advocates are hoping President Obama will do something similarly radical for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and make it illegal, by executive order, for any company contracted by the federal government to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.