Rep. Allen West: LGBT Workplace Discrimination “Don’t Happen” In The U.S.
Scott Keyes of Think Progress asked Congressman Allen West if he would support legislation to ban workplace hiring or firing based on sexual orientation.
“That don’t happen out here in the United States of America,” West insisted.
“You don’t think people get fired because they’re gay?” Keyes wondered.
“Well, I don’t see that as being a big issue with small businesses,” West replied. “I sit on the Small Business Committee. You know what they’re concerned about? They’re concerned about onerous tax policy, regulatory policy and lack of access to capital because Dodd-Frank is absolutely decimating small community banks.”
To West, people can change their sexual orientation.
“Let me explain something to you,” the congressman told a conservative crowd in Tampa last year. “I can’t change my color. People can change their behavior, but I can’t change my color.”