In its unending quest to better society, the Idaho Republican party wants to void all local ordinances that offer LGBT workplace protections. OK, no surprise there. But here’s a new twist. According to one of the proponents of the idea, it would prevent the specter of gay men in tutus showing up on the job.
Cornel Rasor, the chair of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee, introduced the measure, which the party dutifully approved. Then he explained to the Spokane Spokesman-Review his laser-like reasoning for the measure.
“I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker,” Rasor said. ” But if he comes into work in a tutu … he’s not producing what I want in my office.”
Just to make sure you know it’s not fear of inappropriate attire that is driving him, Rasor explained that the workplace protections need to go because they would prevent him from firing a gay employee.
“If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine,” Rasor said. “But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that? And that’s what these anti-discrimination laws do.”
Needless to say, Rasor found support among his fellow Republicans. “Personally I don’t know anybody that’s been discriminated against on any of those issues, so I do not feel like a law should have to compel me something that I’m already willing to do,” party chair Barry Peterson said. “You take away from somebody their opportunity to make a choice, to make a decision, to me that’s a serious impact upon liberty and freedom.”
As if getting fired for no good reason is a tribute to liberty and freedom.
Six Idaho cities have workplace protections based on sexual orientation. Apparently, no locale in the state has minimum IQ requirements for GOP leadership.
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