Idaho GOPer: Void Anti-Bias Laws So I Don’t Have To Hire Gays In Tutus

Six cities in Idaho have ordinances in place that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Now, leaders in the Idaho Republican Party want them voided, the Spokesman-Review reported Monday.

The Idaho GOP passed a resolution asking the state legislature to make the local ordinances “unenforceable” if they seek to expand on state anti-bias law.

Cornel Rasor, chairman of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee and self-described “liberty person,” said he would like to retain the legal option to dismiss or not employ gay people.

“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,” Rasor told the Spokesman-Review.

“If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine,” Rasor continued. “But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that?”

[h/t Towle Road]

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