House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, on Thursday said he sees “no need” for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) when asked whether he would allow a vote on the legislation.

ENDA, which seeks to prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, cleared the Senate with the help of 10 Republicans last week.

(Related: Senate approves gay protection bill ENDA; John McCain votes in favor.)

“I am opposed to discrimination of any kind, in the workplace and any place else,” Boehner said in response to an inquiry on the bill from the Washington Blade. “But I think this legislation that I've dealt with as chairman of The Education & The Workforce Committee long before I was back in the leadership is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits. People are already protected in the workplace. I'm opposed to continuing this. Listen, I understand people have differing opinions on this issue, and I respect those opinions. But as someone who's worked in the employment law area for all my years in the State House and all my years here, I see no basis or no need for this legislation.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, responded by saying that Boehner is “flat out wrong on the facts and the law.”

Currently, only 17 states have enacted workplace protections that include sexual orientation and gender identity.