Arizona’s Hobbs Signs LGBT Executive Order in 1st Official Act as Governor

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By Naveen Athrappully

In her first official act as Arizona’s governor, Democrat Katie Hobbs signed an executive order that seeks to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in employment.

According to Executive Order 2023-01, more than 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals are reporting unfair treatment at work across the country, including not being hired, getting fired, or facing harassment based on their sexual orientation or sexual identity.

Using the powers of her office, Hobbs affirmed the state’s commitment to eliminating “all barriers to employment that artificially restrict hiring, promotion, recruitment, compensation, and tenure based on any status or characteristic that is not directly related to the performance of the job.”

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