President Barack Obama is being called on to sign a gay protections executive order by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

Senior Obama administration officials on Wednesday said the order which would ban federal contractors from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity was not forthcoming. The order had reportedly already been approved by the Departments of Labor and Justice.

White House spokesman Jay Carney explained that while the president supports such protections he would prefer to see Congress approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) sponsored by Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. ENDA, however, has little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled House.

“On behalf of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) – the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States – I strongly urge you to revisit your position on signing an executive order (EO) prohibiting the discrimination of federal contractors in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identification,” NCLR President Eric Rodriguez wrote in the letter addressed to the president.

“The EO is important to millions of Hispanic LGBT community members.”

The order, Rodriguez added, “protects a group of people who have a long history of being marginalized and gives them hope.”

“That is why we urge you to sign an EO on this matter as soon as possible.”

(Related: Obama under fire for refusing to sign gay protections order.)