The majority of the roughly 30,000 families who visited the White House today came for the time-honored Easter Egg Roll.
But Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell had a different reason for their visit -- to lobby President Obama on a gay-rights issue.
The same-sex couple from New Mexico brought their eight-year-old daughter to the event to press President Obama to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination by any federal contractor on the basis of sexual orientation.
“My message -- and the message of my family -- echoes President’ Obama’s campaign slogan: We can’t wait. It’s time for President Obama to sign this executive order,” Scarborough said today.
Scarborough pointed to the fact that the executive order has been approved by the Justice and Labor Departments. “I work for a federal contractor, and I know there’s a piece of paper sitting on President Obama’s desk that would give me a little more security for my family,” Scarbrough said.
During the daily White House briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney deflected all questions about the matter. When NBC News asked Carney if the president planned to sign the executive order, he replied, “I don't have any updates for you on possible or proposed executive orders. I would note that we're delighted that that couple and many others were able to attend the Easter Egg Roll. And again, I don't have anything more on the executive orders.”
When pressed on the matter, Carney would only say: “Well, again, I don't have anything for you on a specific executive order. What I can tell you is I think the president's position on LGBT issues is -- record, rather, is well known and one that -- that he and we are very proud of.”