Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, refuses to say whether he opposes people being fired based on their sexual orientation.

On Thursday, several reporters pushed Snyder on the issue, Mlive.com reported.

“Is it acceptable in Michigan that someone can be fired from their job because they are gay or perceived as gay?” a reporter asked.

“Well, again, in terms of people being fired for no good reason, again, that's always an issue, that shouldn't happen,” Snyder answered.

“Is being fired because you're gay or perceived as gay one of those issues?”

“Again, you have issues where you want to see people have an opportunity to have a career.”

When pushed on whether being gay was “no good reason,” Snyder said that the issue was a hypothetical.

“Well again, that's a broad statement,” Snyder answered, “so it'd depend on the particular facts of the situation . That's a hypothetical, that's very general in that context.”

“People are being fired because they're gay though, that's not hypothetical. An employer can do that. That's not a hypothetical situation, that's a real situation ...”

“The question is how should government be involved in that process and how active, so again that's where I'm happy to work with the Legislature as they're willing to look at those kind of issues.”

“But you're not going to lead on that issue,” the reporter stated.

“At this point in time, I've got a number of other things that I've had as priorities,” Snyder responded.

Michigan lawmakers are currently not debating a bill which seeks workplace protections based on sexual orientation.