GOP House Rep Against ENDA: Gays Shouldn't Talk About Sexual Orientation
It's not exactly surprising that U.S. House Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, but it's interesting that he acts as if it's ridiculous that it's even being discussed.
Asked about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a measure to prevent private employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, Gohmert claimed he hadn’t heard of the bill, but noted that employees shouldn’t discuss their sexual orientation in the workplace:
THINKPROGRESS: Where do you stand on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act?
GOHMERT: I’m not aware of exactly which one you’re talking about.
THINKPROGRESS: It would protect LGBT workers from being fired due to their sexual orientation.
GOHMERT: Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief.
Good grief indeed. We guess Gohmert's never been in a workplace where innocuous questions like, "How was your weekend?" or "What are you doing for the holidays?" come up.
When those questions do come up, the answers to them often include mentions of spending time with your spouse, family, partner, etc. That's the thing: sexual orientation comes up--in the most harmless and innocent of ways. It comes up!
No, discussions of who you're having sex with (and where and in what positions) probably aren't appropriate for the office (unless you work at Instinct, in which case, feel free to share), but those aren't the only conversations that reveal sexual orientation.
But we're guessing, that's not what this is really about for Rep. Gohmert.