Himes praises expected Obama action on gay workplace protections

Congressman Jim Himes, who represents most of Shelton, is praising a White House announcement today that President Barack Obama will soon sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation.

“The president’s action will ensure that millions more Americans will be able to do their jobs without facing discrimination or harassment because of who they are or whom they love,” said Himes, a third-term Democrat from Greenwich.

‘The right thing to do morally’

Himes is a co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a proposed bill that would permanently extend protections to all Americans.

“It is outrageous that our country doesn't have a federal law banning discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Himes, who is urging House Republican leaders to allow a vote on the proposed legislation.

“Protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination is the right thing to do morally, and it’s good for American business,” he said.

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

Himes is seeking re-election this fall in a rematch with Republican Dan Debicella of Shelton, a former state senator.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. Also a Democrat, DeLauro represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.