Donald Trump: Being gay not a reason to be fired

Tue. August 18, 2015 1:40 PM by Carlos Santoscoy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday said that he does not believe that being gay should be a reason to be fired.

In an interview with NBC's Meet The Press, host Chuck Todd asked Trump whether private companies should be allowed to terminate workers based on their sexual orientation.

"It's a big discussion," Trump answered, "and I guess it's getting a lot of negative rulings right now, that whole thing, and I'm willing to go with what the courts are saying."

Todd asked the Republican front-runner to clarify whether he believes that a company shouldn't be able to fire employees based on their sexual orientation.

"I don't think it should be a reason," Trump responded.

Trump has previously backed such protections. In a 2000 interview with gay glossy The Advocate, Trump said that he would support adding sexual orientation to the Civil Rights Act. Democrats introduced The Equality Act, a bill with similar goals, in June. Trump has not publicly spoken about the bill.

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