North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger made headlines recently for suggesting that firing people from their jobs solely because they are 同性恋者 is one of the “freedoms we enjoy” as Americans.
Pittenger’s startlingly offensive remarks came as supporters of a federal employment non-discrimination act that would protect 同性恋者 workers on the job are trying to force a vote on the proposal in the U.S. House.
Neither proposal even received a hearing in the House or Senate, much less a vote. That means 同性恋者 and lesbian workers in North Carolina, who most likely will soon be able to get married thanks to the federal courts, might want to think twice about putting a picture of their spouse on their desk at work.
But in North Carolina, there are no such protections, thanks to Tillis and Berger and legislators like Rep. Paul Stam, who just a few months ago passed out a document on the House floor listing pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality as “sexual orientations” during a debate about banning charter schools from discriminating against 同性恋者 students.
Lawmakers ultimately passed a charter school bill that did not include the anti-discrimination protections. And it was just a few years ago during the debate over the marriage discrimination amendment that Stam and many of his colleagues stood at rallies beside homophobic zealots who said 同性恋者 people are an abomination and are going to hell. What’s in their hearts?