Rep. Steve King (R-NY) really sucks. Apparently, when he’s not ranting about Muslims, he’s suggesting a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” approach for the workplace. Because you know that worked out great for the military (eyeroll).
Currently, there is no federal protection for LGBT employees to prevent being terminated from their job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Rep. King was asked recently if business should be able to discriminate on who they hire or fire. According to Rep. King, the employee should simply “hide” it from the employer if that risk is there,
“You have private sector businesses here and they need to have freedom to operate [and 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.”
Sounds an awful lot like a DADT for the private sector — and the country has already learned through experience that this “your sexual orientation is a private matter” line doesn’t actually work in the real world. Employers discriminate against LGBT folks whether they are talking about their orientation or not. In the 39 states that don’t have laws protecting the LGBT community from this type of discrimination, King is offering a solution which the majority of Americans are against and that Congress just repealed for one of it’s largest batch of employees — the military. Get the hint, Congressman.
Check out the video at ThinkProgress.