Rep. Steve King, the prom king of Wingnuttia High School, is opposed to protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination by employers, saying that all they have to do is keep it a secret and no one will know that they’re gay and therefore they can’t be discriminated against.
“If you don’t know anybody’s sexuality you can’t discriminate against them,” King said in a discussion about sexual orientation in the workplace. Private businesses need the freedom to operate, King said. “I would think that, unless somebody makes their sexuality public it’s nobody’s business. Neither is it our business to tell an employer who to hire,” he added.
That sounds kind of like a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” policy for the workplace, Think Progress’ Scott Keyes said.
“How do you know somebody’s sexual orientation?” King asked in the interview. “I don’t know how you discriminate against somebody because of their sexual orientation. That’s their business.”
He makes it sound as though gay people are talking about all the gay sex they had around the water cooler. There are lots of ways that someone might found out a co-worker is gay without them ever talking about it. Someone might see them taking part in a gay pride event. They might, like heterosexual people do, put a picture of them and their spouse in their office or cubicle. They might want to bring their partner to an office function, like a Christmas party. All of the things that no straight people even has to give a thought to, King wants gay people to have to hide. Of course, King doesn’t really think gay people should exist in the first place.