Donald Trump Hints At Supporting LGBT Workplace Protections

The king of "You're Fired!" says gays shouldn't be fired for their sexuality.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump showed support for the LGBT community during his interview with NBC’s Meet the Press last night, voicing his opposition to workplace discrimination and using sexual orientation as leverage to get someone fired.

Asked whether employers should have the right to fire somebody simply because they are gay, Trump said, “I don’t think it should be a reason.”

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Trump referenced recent court rulings, though he didn’t say which ones, to clarify that his support is behind the courts and not behind businesses. “It’s a big discussion and I guess it’s getting a lot of negative rulings,” he said, “but I’m willing to go with what the courts are saying.”

Trump’s answer wasn’t as immediate and overwhelmingly supportive as advocates would hope, but it’s a departure from his staunch opposition to “nontraditional” marriages. Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper in June what he’d say to a lesbian or gay man who was married, Trump said, “I’m for traditional marriage.”

Trump’s Meet the Press interview included a series of rapid-fire questions that covered the businessman’s stance on pressing social issues including abortion, minimum wage, affirmative action and illegal immigration.

You can check out the full interview below (nondiscrimination chat happens around the 27-minute mark):

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