Prospective GOP presidential candidate, Marco Rubio, admitted at the annual Faith and Freedom Forum on Thursday that he thinks it should be legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation.
Rubio affirmed that he has not read the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would make discrimination against members of the LGBT community illegal, but he implied that he would not support it.
“I think all Americans should be protected, but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation,” Rubio said.
His statement reflects the suggestions of a poll published by the College Republican National Committee, which notes that GOP politicians should not emphasize their opposition to LGBT rights. In a party effort to be more inclusive and attract younger voters, a project dubbed the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” Republicans Jeb Bush and Reince Priebus recommended sugarcoating the party’s discriminatory platform.
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Yet, despite that, Rubio has vowed to walk away from his own immigration reform bill if it includes protections for LGBT members.
Freedom to Work, a national LGBT rights group that supports ENDA, released a statement criticizing Rubio’s decision, spearheaded by President Tico Almeida.
"Like Rubio's family, my parents also abandoned Communist Cuba because America is a place where every individual should be empowered to build a successful career based on talent and hard work rather than … sexual orientation or gender identity,” Almeida said.