Rep. Louie Gohmert Suggests Gays Should Hide Their Sexual Orientation at Work

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, thinks people should keep their sexual orientation to themselves in the workplace. The Tea Party congressman suggested to ThinkProgress that gays and lesbians who feel they are discriminated against in the workplace are to blame for letting others know their sexuality in the first place.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity, now has majority support in the Senate. When ThinkProgress asked Gohmert about ENDA, he said he did not know the bill.

“It would protect LGBT workers from being fired due to their sexual orientation,” a ThinkProgress reporter explained.

“Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief,” Gohmert responded.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., became the 51st and 52nd cosponsors for ENDA on Tuesday.

"No one should face discrimination in their workplace based on sexual orientation," Reid said in a statement to The Huffington Post. "It’s time to make fairness the law of the land. That is why I am co-sponsoring this legislation and I will do everything I can to ensure that it passes the Senate."

Sources: ThinkProgress, Huffington Post