GOP Congressman Unsure LGBT Workplace Discrimination Even Exists

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said on Tuesday he is skeptical workplace discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people exists.

“I’m not even sure that this is a problem,” Cramer told Bismarck, N.D. television station KFYR.

“I have to be honest, I don’t get many, if any — I don’t know that I’ve ever received a phone call in my office from somebody that says they’ve been discriminated against based on their sexual orientation,” he said.

Cramer said he believes companies should be allowed to establish their own policies on the matter and the recent effort, according to the TV station.

Cramer was responding to news Monday that the President plans to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Watch KYFR’s report:

h/t Huffington Post

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: