Sen. Marco Rubio, a GOP presidential hopeful, told Think Progress that he thinks it should be legal to be fired for being gay. Non-heterosexual orientation, and I’ll bet Rubio would include non-“traditional” gender identity, is an okay reason to discriminate in the workplace. Of course, he wouldn’t call it “discrimination.”

From Think Progress, Adam Peck and Scott Keyes report:

KEYES: The Senate this summer is going to be taking up the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which makes it illegal to fire someone for being gay. Do you know if you’ll be supporting that?

RUBIO: I haven’t read the legislation. By and large I think all Americans should be protected but I’m not for any special protections based on orientation.

KEYES: What about on race or gender?

RUBIO: Well that’s established law.

KEYES: But not for sexual orientation?

See the exchange:

Back to Think Progress:

Though other Republicans have applauded Rubio’s so-called “˜middle ground’ on LGBT issues, his record of late tells a far different story. In addition to opposing ENDA and marriage equality, Rubio also said today that he would walk away from his own immigration bill if it includes protections for gay couples.

Currently, 29 states have no laws protecting gay and lesbian workers from discrimination in the workplace, and an additional five states don’t protect workers based on gender identity. And yet nine in ten Americans mistakenly believe that it is illegal to fire someone for being gay.

About Rubio’s earlier comments regarding the immigration bill, Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has this:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of the so-called “˜gang of eight’ Senators who crafted the bipartisan immigration bill in the Senate has said that he will withdraw his support for the bill if an amendment is approved that would allow gay people to sponsor their foreign spouses for residency.

“˜If this bill has in it something that gives gay couples immigration rights and so forth, it kills the bill. I’m done,’ Rubio said Thursday during an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show. “˜I’m off it, and I’ve said that repeatedly. I don’t think that’s going to happen and it shouldn’t happen. This is already a difficult enough issue as it is.’

Got it, Marco: The Gays don’t deserve equality.

(Marco Rubio Capture via Think Progress)