Nevada Assemblyman Cresent Hardy, who is running for Republican state representative, says he opposes laws banning discrimination against sexual orientation in the workplace because it reminds him of racial segregation laws.
Hardy implies the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which makes discrimination based on an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity illegal, gives special treatment to the LGBT community.
“When we create classes, we create that same separation that we’re trying to unfold somehow,” he told the Las Vegas Sun. “By continuing to create these laws that are what I call segregation laws, it puts one class of a person over another. We are creating classes of people through these laws.”
He said he want to focus of creating better business environments.
“The greatest amount of prosperity occurs when there’s a free, open market society and there’s minimal government regulation, so with that the first thing I want to try to do is promote the opportunity for job creation or expansion,” he said. “That helps pay for the things that we want to do to take care of the nation’s most needy.”
ENDA was passed in the Senate last Fall. It extends fair-employment protection that already exists on the basis of race, religion, nationality, age, gender and disability to LGBT workers.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a similar argument, calling ENDA “reverse discrimination.”