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It's hard to be a Republican these days. This exchange between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and reporters asking about LGBT rights in his state is just painful. The question is whether or not it is "acceptable" in Michigan to fire an employee for being gay or even just "perceived" to be gay. His extended attempt to dance around any specific answer that might be used against him later by either side is a thing to behold:
Snyder: Well again, in terms of people being fired for no good reason, again, that's always an issue, that shouldn't happen.
Reporter: Is being fired because you're gay or perceived as gay one of those issues?
Snyder: Again, you have issues where you want to see people have an opportunity to have a career.
Reporter: But when you say "no good reason," is being gay a good reason to be fired?
Snyder: Well again, that's a broad statement, so it'd depend on the particular facts of the situation. That's a hypothetical, that's very general in that context.
Reporter: 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...
Snyder: 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.
Oh, you poor, poor man. He's going to have flop sweat for weeks.
Snyder concluded the exchange by saying "I've got a number of other things that I've had as priorities," which is a nice way of asking that nobody ever ask him this question again.
Originally posted to Hunter on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 02:17 PM PDT.