Openly heterosexual Iowa Rep. Steve King believes there’d be no need for LGBT worker protections if LGBTs just shut up about their identity. But then, why isn’t Rep. King keeping quiet about his straightness?
How do you know someone’s sexual orientation? I don’t know how you discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation. That’s their business. … You have private sector businesses here and they need to have freedom to operate. In the first place, I would think that unless someone makes their sexuality public, it’s not anybody’s business, so neither is it our business to tell an employer who to hire. He won’t know who to discriminate against in the first place.
So Rep. King seems to want a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” style policy on sexual orientation in the workplace, and we know how well that worked out in the military.
Rep. King’s glib response to the serious problem of workplace discrimination, while apparently typical of his blinkered thinking, misses so many points: the chilling effect such a policy of silence would have on free speech in the workplace, how it may curtail partnership rights, and how it would certainly impede health care coverage for trans workers, to name just a few things.
But my chief issue with this is the hypocrisy. To put it bluntly: Rep. King is a flaming, out-loud-and-proud heterosexual.
Why, just this week it emerged that within hours of the Iowa Supreme Court handing down a decision that overturned Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriage Rep. Steve King was corresponding with the National Organization for Marriage on how they could get heterosexuals-only marriage back into state law through a constitutional amendment. That’s right, he’s part of the heterosexual marriage lobby! Indeed, NOM called him “a tremendous voice for marriage.”
Not only that, but he went on a bus tour with NOM, parading their heterosexual lifestyle, one man and one woman marriage message across America.
Rep. King, if you don’t think we should disclose our sexuality in public why are you shoving your heterosexuality in our faces?
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