Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Won't Take Stand on People Fired for Being Gay: 'That's a Hypothetical'
Check out the exchange Michigan Governor Rick Snyder had with reporters on Thursday when asked if someone can be fired for being gay or perceived as gay:
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.
Reporter: But you're not going to lead on that issue.
Snyder: At this point in time I've got a number of other things that I've had as priorities.
Snyder's a pro at evading questions on LGBT civil rights. You'll remember he was asked about marriage equality last May on the same day that legislation was introduced to repeal Michigan's constitututional ban on same-sex marriage:
Asked about his personal position on the issue, Snyder says he hasn’t gotten involved because he wants to focus on “jobs and kids.”