With 2 million people, the government is the largest employer in America and sets the tone for a lot of private companies. Its old anti-gay policies were copied by many of them. But now the government seems to be lagging behind. Industry giants, from Lockheed Martin to General Motors, have become models of same-sex partner benefits.
“The glass is a third full,” says Diego Sanchez, a transgender aide to Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) who leads a new group for LGBT employees called the Federal Equality Council. “We need to step up the pace.”
The government could do one thing that DOMA doesn’t restrict. The President could sign an executive order mandating that federal contractors have LGBT non-discrimination polices in place before receiving any federal funds. An ENDA for federal contractors.