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Rand Paul: Employers should be able to fire gays based on sexuality

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

During a recent speaking engagement at Drake University in Iowa, Rand Paul argued that it should be alright to fire an employee for being gay.

The reason? Prohibiting discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation in the workplace “sets up a whole industry for people who want to sue.”

Clearly not recognizing the inherent fallacy in his thinking, he added, “I think society’s rapidly changing, and that, if you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you.”

His logic, as such, goes like this:

So if you happen to be gay, you get fired—now you have a reason you can fire them. But it’s almost impossible sometimes—you know, people don’t put up a sign, ‘I’m firing you because you’re gay.’ It’s something that’s very much disputed. And so 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 also commented that “the things you do in your house — if you leave them in your house — they wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace.”

Watch the speech below:

h/t: The New Civil Rights Movement

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