Rand Paul: Employers should be allowed to fire people for being gay
Presidential wannabe Rand Paul has suggested that he has no problem with businesses being allowed to fire people for being LGBT.
The Libertarian Republican candidate is one of 15 vying for the Republican Party’s Presidential nomination, though he is trailing far behind current front-runner Donald Trump.
The Kentucky senator was asked at a campaign event this week whether he believes an employer should be able to fire people for being gay or trans.
He responded: “I think really the things you do in your house, if you could just leave those in your house, they wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace, to tell you the truth,.
“These are very difficult decisions… it isn’t really so much about that question, as it sets up a class of people who can now sue.
“What happens is it sets up a whole industry for people who want to sue. So if you happen to be gay, and you get fired… now you have a reason you can sue them.
“It’s almost impossible sometimes. People don’t put up a sign, ‘I’m firing you because you’re gay’… It’s something that’s very much disputed.
“I don’t know that we need to keep adding to different classifications to say the government needs to be involved in the hiring and firing.
He continued: “I think society is rapidly changing, and if you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you.”
“I’m really nor recommending the government were involved in this issue.
A Democratic-sponsored federal Equality Act which would outlaw anti-LGBT discrimination in the workplace is yet to pick up a single Republican sponsor.