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HomoQuotable - Ed Koch

"I was truly shocked to read in the New York Times of April 12 that 'President Obama disappointed and vexed gay supporters on Wednesday with his decision, conveyed to activists by a senior adviser, not to sign an executive order banning discrimination by employers with federal contracts.' When I was elected mayor of New York City in 1977, taking office January 1, 1978, I issued such an executive order prohibiting such discrimination within the first 30 days of my administration. [snip]

"The public is ahead of the legislators they elected to Congress who will not enact such protections. According to a Gallup poll, 53 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. Surely, an even larger number support ending discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Mr. President, you have led the way on so many social needs. Please rethink your position on this one. The LGBT community has suffered discrimination too long to be asked to wait even longer." - Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch, writing for Newsmax.

NOTE: Longtime readers will recall that I've occasionally been quite critical of Koch over the years. So not only is the above message a welcome one, I'm pleased to point out that in the above-linked editorial, Koch even mentioned New York's long-lingering GENDA bill.

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