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

Senior Obama administration officials earlier 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.

Last week, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) wrote to the president urging him to reconsider. NCLR President Eric Rodriguez said the executive order “is important to millions of Hispanic LGBT community members.”

On Saturday, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Reform Movement's Religious Action Center (RAC) has joined NCLR in calling out the president on the issue.

“The federal government is by far the nation's largest employer and through its actions sets an example for other employers to follow,” said RAC head Rabbi David Saperstein in a statement. “By making clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation is unacceptable, the government can play a transformational role … We urge the president to reconsider this decision and fulfill his commitment to ensuring a future in which all Americans are treated with dignity and respect.”

The White House has explained that the president supports such protections but would prefer a legislative solution, saying he supported passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA, however, has little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled House.