An Idaho Republican official wants to overturn anti-discrimination laws because they would prevent him from firing a gay employer who might show up to work wearing a tutu. Because that is what ALL gay people do in order to function in the workplace: they wear their tutus and commute by rainbow.
Although the entire state of Idaho does not have one comprehensive law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, individual cities have taken the responsibility to ensure that any discrimination is illegal.
Six Idaho cities, and soon (perhaps) seven cities have passed non-discrimination ordinances. The Idaho Republican Party is not happy, and they're pushing the state legislature to nullify all these ordinances and prevent future ones.
At the forefront is Cornel Rasor, a Bonner County Commissioner and the Chair of Legislative Distric 7. He is also the Chariman of Idaho's GOP's Resolution Committee, which is where the resolution to invalidate these city ordinances was first proposed. Rasor's reasoning was "I'd hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu...he's not producing what I want in my office."
If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine...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.
First of all, being gay is not a lifestyle. Also, if that philosophy is Rasor's truth, and if Rasor has a particular prediliction and keeps it to himself, that's fine. But if he wants to use his work as a platform for his douchebag lifestyle, do Idaho taxpayers have to subsidize that?
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