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
“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
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