Rand Paul Distorts Truth About LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

October 15, 2015 • 12:54 pm
Washington, DC — At a campaign event at Drake University in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said yesterday evening that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should not be protected from discrimination in the workplace because “it sets up a whole industry of people who want to sue.” He also suggested that LGBT people ought to leave that part of their identity “in your house and it wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace.”

Matt McTighe, CEO of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“Rand Paul is wrong about nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people in the workplace. Enacting laws that ensure no American can lose their job for being gay or transgender increases productivity and helps attract top talent. Businesses know this, and that’s why the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies have already put policies into place that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Hardworking employees should be hired based on their qualifications, experience, and the job they do — nothing more, nothing less.”

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