Friday, April 6, 2012

Rep. Steve King: DADT Should Apply to the Workplace!

Iowa's own Rep. Steve King was asked a couple days ago about whether or not the government should have a roll in protecting GLBT employees from unjust discrimination. Turns out that King is in favor a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" approach gays in the workplace. In others words, they won't have a problem if people don't know:
KEYES: Would that encompass, for instance, the government being able to tell businesses who they can hire and fire?
KING: Yeah, they shouldn’t be able to do that [to] a private business.

KEYES: Even if those were to be regulations say on a matter of sexual orientation or gender or other stuff like that?

KING: How do you know someone’s sexual orientation? I don’t know how you discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation. That’s their business.

KEYES: I guess if it became public knowledge that an employee were lesbian or gay.

KING: You have private sector businesses here and they need to have freedom to operate. In the first place, I would think that 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.

It's sad, but not surprising, that Rep. King supports the ability of employees to arbitrarily dismiss employees for being GLBT. Of course, King himself doesn't follow his own belief in workplace DADT. Check out the first paragraph from his biography on his own congressional website:
Steve King grew up in a law enforcement family in Storm Lake, Iowa. He attended Denison Community High School, where he met Marilyn Kelly, whom he married in 1972. They have lived in Kiron for 38 years and are members of St. Martin's Church in Odebolt. Steve and Marilyn have three grown sons and·five grandchildren.
What happened to DADT? I guess if only applies to GLBTs, not heterosexuals...

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