Republican Congressman Says OK to Fire Gays



Rep. James Lankford thinks it's OK to fire gay and bisexual employees
Rep. James Lankford thinks it's OK to fire gay and bisexual employees

James Lankford, a Republican representative from Oklahoma, believes a person should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation, according to Think Progress. Lankford spoke with  Annie-Rose Strasser and Scott Keyes last week in Washington, D.C., and expressed his belief that being gay is a choice and something that doesn't merit workplace protections from discrimination (which a few congressional leaders are trying to push through in 2012).

Watch the video for the full conversation.


A choice excerpt from the conversation:

STRASSER: Would you support a law that says you can’t fire someone for their sexual orientation –
KEYES: Similar to protections for people on race or gender?

LANKFORD: Well, you’re now dealing with behavior and I’m trying to figure out exactly what you’re trying to mean by that. Because you’re dealing with — race and sexual preferences are two different things. One is a behavior-related and preference-related and one is something inherently — skin color, something obvious, that kind of stuff. You don’t walk up to someone on the street and look at them and say, “Gay or straight?”

KEYES: But you think that even if you can’t see they’re that way, you don’t think someone is born gay necessarily?

LANKFORD: Do I personally? No. I don’t. I think it’s a choice issue. Are tendencies and such? Yes. But I think it’s a choice issue.

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