Rubio Doesn’t Support ‘Special Protections’ For LGBT Community

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said Thursday that all Americans should be protected from discrimination in the workplace–with the exception of the LGBT community.

At the Faith and Freedom Forum luncheon, ThinkProgress asked Rubio if he’ll be supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bar federal contractors from firing employees for their sexual orientation.

“I haven’t read the legislation,” Rubio told ThinkProgress. “By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.”

ThinkProgress then asked Rubio to clarify whether he believed workers should be protected on the basis of race and gender, to which the senator replied that’s already “established law.” Rubio did not respond when asked again if he believed sexual orientation should be protected under the law. 

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