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Rachel Maddow Blows Jimmy Fallon's Mind with the Fact That People Can Still Be Fired for Being Gay: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and discussed ENDA's passage in the Senate, revealing that it's still legal to fire people for being gay in 29 states.

Maddow also expresses her dismay that Republicans in the House won't even bring it up for a vote, and are pushing the false claim that LGBT are already protected under current law.

Says Maddow:

"One of the reasons [the House] doesn’t want to vote on it is because it’s already the law? It’s not already the law! You guys need a different strategy, people can look that up.”

Maddow and Fallon also discuss Chris Christie's win and what he plans to do with New Jersey when he starts running for president, and Maddow mocks the Republican strategy for its presidential nominees.

“Definitely pick the craziest guy you can find, that’s your ticket to success!”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. When someone whines and think that LGBT people should be able to be fired for being gay, ask them if they think it would be ok to fire someone for being straight.

    Posted by: bkmn | Nov 8, 2013 2:01:00 PM


  2. @bkmn - good try, but a failed argument. bibeligion doesn't teach being straight is a "sin".

    Posted by: northalabama | Nov 8, 2013 2:42:05 PM


  3. If Jimmy Fallon, or anybody else, claims they didn't know people can still be fired for sexual orientation/gender expression, they are being willfully ignorant. It's a way of saying: "You people are so f*cking unimportant to me, I never even thought before about the kind of discrimination you face."

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Nov 8, 2013 4:06:11 PM


  4. @NorthAlabama: "The Bible" doesn't really ever say that being gay is a "sin" unless it is twisted and cortorted. It has Hundreds of stories about straight people and man-on-woman sex that is diapproved of by the writer.
    The difference is that we don't have anti-straight pastors telling people that straight is always bad because of some obscure story.
    We can be sure that if Adam and Steve had been the first story, that all the televangelists would be telling us that gays are clearly evil and cursed, for all time in all situations, because Steve took a talking snake's advice and ate a magic apple.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 8, 2013 4:31:14 PM


  5. In fact, the same states in which it is legal to fire someone for being gay also have no protection for discrimination on the basis of being heterosexual. So employers are free to to fire someone simply because they are straight. If I were a gay employer in one of those 29 states I would be very tempted right now to issue pink slips to all of my workers I knew or suspected of being hetero and get the media on top of the story.

    Posted by: Buster | Nov 8, 2013 7:45:35 PM


  6. @Stuffed Animal: he was probably pretending not to know in order to act as a spokesperson for some of his viewers - basically saying what he figured they were thinking.


    Posted by: Bill | Nov 9, 2013 2:52:37 AM


  7. The GOP did a very successful misinformation campaign on this issue in 1996. "I'm for equal rights but not special rights." It was nonsense at the time but people bought it. People think it's already illegal to fire someone for being gay. Every time the topic comes up, someone will basically accuse me of lying because "discrimination is illegal". *sigh* So this isn't about people being willfully ignorant. It's that Republicans beat us at the PR game and we haven't done a good job of countering even now.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Nov 9, 2013 9:05:24 AM


  8. I've always had the impression that Jimmy Fallon isn't one bit brighter than he needs to be, and this confirms it.

    Posted by: jomicur | Nov 9, 2013 10:49:18 AM


  9. my god! there are no laws fo firing people for being straight because it is not a reason people get fired..straight people rule this planet. as for mr fallon..he panders to guests all the time and fawns over celebs like a7 year old.. he keeps saying he loves chris christie but i am certain he has no idea what christie believes . christie is all style and is a serious conservative who is anti gay, anti union, anti everyhting except himself and fallon loves him

    fallon is a fool and ANYONE who thinks straight people need protection like gays in the work place is so ignorant and spewing fox news bs that itis no wonder this country is decades behind the civilized countries of this planet

    Posted by: ty | Nov 9, 2013 12:03:33 PM


  10. my god! there are no laws fo firing people for being straight because it is not a reason people get fired..straight people rule this planet. as for mr fallon..he panders to guests all the time and fawns over celebs like a7 year old.. he keeps saying he loves chris christie but i am certain he has no idea what christie believes . christie is all style and is a serious conservative who is anti gay, anti union, anti everyhting except himself and fallon loves him

    fallon is a fool and ANYONE who thinks straight people need protection like gays in the work place is so ignorant and spewing fox news bs that itis no wonder this country is decades behind the civilized countries of this planet

    Posted by: ty | Nov 9, 2013 12:03:34 PM


  11. @stuffedanimal and others.

    I do imagine that Bill's view is likely right, that Jimmy Fallon was playing straight man in order to give Rachel Maddow full reign to present the fact, in detail, that it IS possible for people in most states to get fired or not hired because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation. Of course, WE know that because it affects us, but realistically there is no particular reason for most straight people to know this. Similarly for what people can expect from Chris Christie.

    Posted by: EdA | Nov 9, 2013 10:34:20 PM


  12. We must start the
    "Campaign to Tear Out Leviticus."

    It's not my original idea but I support the idea; it's a good one.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 10, 2013 7:47:45 AM


  13. Really, Andy?

    Every one of my comments that gets deleted for containing the "B Word" is another nail in the coffin of your credibility. It just shines a spotlight on the fact that you or someone in your employ reads all of Rick's schizo anti-woman, anti-minority, anti-trans hate speech and allows it to go unchecked.

    It's okay as long as he expresses his moral turpitude in language that's G-rated. Right? What an unbelievably stupid policy.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 11, 2013 3:14:14 AM


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