Lawmaker Equates Right to Fire Gays to Right to Smoke

You need to respect the autonomy of somebody running their business. It’s like smoking bans. Do you ban smoking or do people have the right to private property? I think people have the right to private property. In public spaces, absolutely, we can have smoking bans. But we don’t want to micromanage people’s lives and businesses. If you have a business, do you want the government to come in and tell you you need to hire somebody? Why should government be there to impose on the freedoms we enjoy?

— Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), comparing the right to fire gay workers with the right to smoke cigarettes on private property, ThinkProgress reports.

Texas GOP Platform Seeks to Codify Anti-Gay Attitudes

We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle, No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.

Excerpt from the Texas Republican Party’s draft platform for the 2014 elections.

Idaho GOP Wants to Abolish Anti-Discrimination Laws

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.

— Cornel Rasor, chairman of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee, commenting on Idaho Republican Party leaders calling on state lawmakers to invalidate local ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the Spokesman-Review reports.