Rubio Thinks it Should be Legal to Fire Someone for Being Gay

Written by Adam Peck and Scott Keyes

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is touted as a top GOP presidential prospect in 2016, thinks it should be legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.

ThinkProgress spoke with the Florida Senator at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum on Thursday and asked him about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to make discrimination against LGBT individuals illegal across the country.

Though Rubio bristles at the notion of being called a “bigot,” he showed no willingness to help protect LGBT workers from discrimination. “I’m not for any special protections based on orientation,” Rubio told ThinkProgress.

KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you’ll be supporting that?

RUBIO: I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.

KEYES: What about on race or gender?

RUBIO: Well that’s established law.

KEYES: But not for sexual orientation?

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Workplace discrimination is an all-too-frequent reality for LGBT individuals. Two out of every five openly lesbian, gay, or bisexual employees have reported discrimination at their jobs. Among transgender workers, that figure rises to nine out of ten.

Though other Republicans have applauded Rubio’s so-called “middle ground” on LGBT issues, his record of late tells a far different story. In addition to opposing ENDA and marriage equality, Rubio also said today that he would walk away from his own immigration bill if it includes protections for gay couples.

Currently, 29 states have no laws protecting gay and lesbian workers from discrimination in the workplace, and an additional five states don’t protect workers based on gender identity. And yet nine in ten Americans mistakenly believe that it is illegal to fire someone for being gay.

LGBT workers aren’t asking for “special protections,” as Rubio would have people believe. They’re asking to be treated like everyone else and be allowed to do their job without fear of being harassed or fired for who they are.

This post was originally published at ThinkProgress.


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Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton2 years ago

He is White Trash!!

Stanley R.
Stanley R.2 years ago

Rubio is the darling son and champion of the TParty ultra right wing repugliscum regressive conservative neofascist pseudochristain bigots

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia2 years ago

How the hell do people think this is acceptable?!

Robert H.
Robert Hamm2 years ago

Exactly karen. TRANSLATION: Thank you for taking the time to write me. Be assured I will go right out and vote the way my party chairman tells me to vote regardless of what you think. Thank You and have a great day. BTW I would like your vote for President.

Karen H.
Karen H.2 years ago

Ask Rubio a specific question & you'll get this response. He doesn't even acknowledge the topic.
"Thank you for taking the time to write to me to express your concerns. I appreciate hearing your thoughts and I understand how important these issues are to you and many others. As a United States Senator, I will keep your ideas and views in mind while working to promote principles and policies to benefit Floridians and Americans alike."

Karen H.
Karen H.2 years ago

Believe me, a lot of Floridians voted against this dork. I have sent emails to him on numerous occasions on a variety of topics, and his responses are all the same. He talks around in circles & never actually addresses the issue. The one time he did was when he talked about his “personal beliefs” even though he promised to vote with the majority of his constituents and not his personal beliefs.
Anders, it IS legal to fire someone for being gay. In Florida, an at-will state, you can be fired for ANY reason. I was fired from one job because the boss’s wife didn’t like me.

Emilia M.
Emilia M.2 years ago

As a young Latina woman, I am ashamed he's Latino. LGBTIQ people deserve to be protected from workplace harassment and other kinds of abuse. NO ONE should be fired for being LGBTIQ. It's just totally wrong and discriminating. With people like Rubio in the House or Senate we'll be screwed.

Marija M.
Maria Mohoric2 years ago

there are many mr. rubios, to many I tkink

Ilkka K.
Ilkka Karlsten2 years ago

Oh Lord!!! Nothing New...Yesterday, Today, Tomorow: Bigot Republican Party!!!

Melissa Adelson
Melissa Adelson2 years ago