Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, a Senator from Kentucky, on Wednesday declined to support LGBT workplace protections.

At a campaign stop at Drake University in Iowa, Paul was asked, “Do you think that employers should be able to fire an LGBT employee because that person is LGBT?”

“I think really the things you do in your house, if you could just leave those in your house, they wouldn't have to be part of the workplace, to tell you the truth,” Paul answered.

The question, Paul added, was “difficult” because laws prohibiting workplace discrimination would enable LGBT people to sue their employers.

“I don't know that we need to keep adding to different classifications to say the government needs to be involved in hiring and firing,” Paul said. “I think society is rapidly changing, and if you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you.”

JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, criticized Paul's comments.

“Rand Paul appears to be living in a different era. People should not be required to live in the closet or hide who they are in order to be treated equally and fairly under the law,” Winterhof told the Washington Blade. “Rand Paul is going to find very little support for his views among the nine out of ten Americans who have an LGBT person in their lives. But Rand Paul's comments do beg the question of whether his fellow candidates will call him out for embracing a platform of discrimination.”