US Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul thinks it’s okay to fire LGBTI people from their jobs.
The Republican presidential hopeful was speaking with students at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, when he was asked if it was okay for employers to fire LGBTI workers.
‘I think society’s rapidly changing, and that if you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you,’ Paul said.
The Los Angeles Times reports Paul also saying that adding protections for gay workers ‘sets up a whole industry for people who want to sue.’
Paul adds that it would be ‘almost impossible sometimes’ to know if a firing was due to a person’s sexual orientation.
There are still 27 states in the US where someone can be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity. Efforts for a federal law banning such discrimination have repeatedly failed in the US Congress.
‘I don’t know that we need to keep adding to different classifications that say the government needs to be involved in hiring and firing,’ Paul said.