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Rubio says bill to provide workplace protections for gays could result in 'frivolous lawsuits'

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Sen. Marco Rubio opposes the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, a spokeswoman says.

"He believes people’s qualifications, performance and honesty are the most important qualities by which they should be judged in the workplace. If you’re a good worker, that’s all that should matter," spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said. "This legislation goes far beyond protecting workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he is currently studying what kinds of burdens it could impose on small businesses, frivolous lawsuits that could result, and ensuring that religious freedoms under the First Amendment are protected."

The comments are similar to what Rubio, R-Fla., said earlier this year when the issue came up. But momentum is building in the Senate.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson recently became one of the last Democratic senators to back the legislation. On Wednesday Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the last Democratic holdout, announcing support. A group of moderate Republicans are also in favor of the legislation.

Even if it passes, the bill could not clear the House.

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:49am]

    

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