According to Vice President Joe Biden, Obama needs to use executive action to prevent the discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of federal contractors, even if Congress doesn’t approve.
Biden did an interview with the Huffington Post where he said “I don’t see any downside.” He also mentioned that it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which he believes would “end it everywhere.”
What Biden forgets is that first off, an employer has the right to hire and fire whomever they want since they’re the people who have invested the time and money to build a business. Additionally, such executive orders would be unconstitutional since they would force people to act against their religious beliefs thereby destroying their First Amendment rights to freedom of religion.
Considering that most homosexuals don’t want to work for an employer who openly disagrees with homosexuality, there’s really no need for this. Further, Obama’s own press secretary has been quoted as saying that Congress needs to take the lead with such legislation, and for once he’s right.
It should require an act of Congress in order to pass legislation that infringes on people’s rights, that way when it’s challenged in the Supreme Court the plaintiffs have something to actually fight against considering that getting a case heard against executive actions is next to impossible.
LGBT groups claim to be dumbfounded at the president’s refusal to act, however they forget that the First Amendment allows religious freedom, no matter what. So if Muslims can be granted their freedoms and atheists can have theirs by forcing anything Christian out of the public eye, then in privately owned companies those against homosexuality for religious reasons shouldn’t be forced to comply with laws that negate their beliefs.
After all, if those within the LGBT community and their supporters don’t like the way someone runs their own business, they have every right to not be employed by them or to pay for their services. Maybe it would be a good idea to let the free market do its job.