President Barack Obama is facing more criticism over his decision to not sign a gay protections order.

Senior Obama administration officials last week 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.

On Thursday, The Washington Post editorial board called on the president to sign the proposed executive order.

White House spokesman Jay Carney “struggled for some eight minutes but was unable to give a satisfactory answer. That's understandable, because there is no principled reason for refusing to extend such workplace protections to millions of Americans,” the board wrote.

“The president, Mr. Carney argued, 'is committed to lasting and comprehensive non-discrimination protections,' but those protections would be best achieved through a 'legislative solution,' such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA, which would extend prohibitions against sexual orientation discrimination to all but the smallest private-sector employers, is a worthy piece of legislation, but its passage appears remote and likely will remain so if conservatives control either chamber of Congress or if the GOP candidate captures the White House in November.”

Also calling on the president to reverse his decision is the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group in the United States.