Marco Rubio: ENDA Will Burden Small Businesses, Lead to ‘Frivolous Lawsuits’

RubioAs the Senate prepares to vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act next Monday, speculation has now turned to who will be the key 60th vote necessary to avoid filibuster. All 55 Democratic and four GOP Senators have already committed to supporting the bill, and Majority Leader Harry Reid recently told Rachel Maddow "without question, we're going to get at least five Republicans."

Just don't count on Sen. Marco Rubio being that key vote.

Via spokeswoman:

"[Senator Rubio] 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." 

When asked about ENDA at the annual Faith and Freedom Forum back in June, Rubio asserted that he's "not for any special protections based on orientation."

Who knew being able to safely be yourself at work counts as a special protection.


  1. simon says

    The keywords here are “sexual orientation” and “religious freedom”. It would be no problem to him if it were ethnicity (like being Latino) instead of “sexual orientation”. Because he belongs to the group favored by God.

  2. simon says

    He seems to be saying that people would pretend to be gay in order to file lawsuits.
    Lawsuits filed by a woman or racial minority can also be frivolous. It has to be determined by court and not him.

  3. ToThePoint says

    Gays who are QUALIFIED, HONEST AND OUTPERFORM others STILL get fired for being gay and happens every single day. With this thought process, no one should be protected from discrimination except his own “people”, of course. How would he feel if Hispanics could be fired just for being hispanic?! Two-faced bigot thinks “his” kind should be protected, gay or not. Let’s fire his ass for just being hispanic.

  4. Joe says

    Jack-wad……and to think that we are placing these people in office. Something has to change in our political system…..Don’t have the answer………

  5. ToThePoint says

    He is just anti-gay in the name of religion. They don’t want religious freedom, which is already protected. Everyone who wishes can practice religion and no one is stopping that. It is even encouraged by government with tax exemptions from everything from purchases to donations to property tax relief. They just want the right to impose religion on everyone.

  6. ToThePoint says

    The best way to stop these politicians is to take the profit out of being a politician and only people who wish to help the country would really be in public service. I hate rich, self-serving bigoted bastards.

  7. Joseph says

    Rubio is a fool and a coward. His teabagger bonafides act as an anchor, sinking him and his political aspirations to higher office, and possibly making him vulnerable to a Democrat challenger.

  8. bkmn says

    Word of advise to Rubio and Cruz:

    Your own party wants to deport you. And your family. And anyone else who is Hispanic.

    Best advice:

    Don’t sleep too lightly.

  9. Steve says

    >”eople’s qualifications, performance and honesty are the most important qualities by which they should be judged in the workplace”

    Yes, and ENDA makes sure that that’s the case.

    The issue here is that Americans generally consider employers as feudal lords and employees as serfs. To be mistreated, abused and fired at will. Meanwhile, civilized countries realized that this is an unequal relationship and that employees need special protections.

  10. woodroad34 says

    How noble of him to say that people should be qualified based on their good work habits; tell that to the Catholic Schools, Boy Scouts, or any other company that doesn’t have a non-discrimination policy for gays. He talks about frivolous lawsuits–how about frivolous firings in a company WITH a non-discrimination policy? Your boss will find any way they can to fire you if they don’t like you being gay and HR will go along with it if they think they can get away with it. Their world is four feet in front of them/four feet behind them and four feet on either side and top and bottom. Bubble boy.

  11. jsb says

    If Rubio honestly believes that “If you’re a good worker, that’s all that should matter” he should have no problem supporting ENDA, but he doesn’t do either.

  12. Just_a_guy says

    Mr. Rubio commits himself to lying boldfaced. Mr. Rubio commits himself to NOT listening to reason. Again.

    Mr. Rubio and his ilk run a blowhard brand of politics that maybe can ONLY be overcome by voting them out?

    Mr. Rubio’s line of thinking here naturally translates to believing Hispanics should have no basic protections from employment discrimination either.

    Mr. Rybio makes me want to throw up in my mouth, honestly.

  13. Steven H says

    I really hate it when people use the “special protections” argument. I’m tired of this Orwellian BS from the Right. Liberals didn’t single gays out for special treatment; bigots did that. Bigots singled LGBT folk out for disapprobation and maltreatment; ENDA will help to end that special status.

    Preventing special negative treatment is NOT “special protection.” In fact, it’s Rubio who wants to grant bigots special protection from the gay folks they want to discriminate against.

  14. says

    This man is an absolute loser and has been his entire life! He was elected to office because he was able to attract favoritism among Hispanic voters who fell for his deceptions because he looked and talked like them. But in reality, he couldn’t be closer to the antithesis of who they are. Of course, he was also able to bring along the rest of the IQless teabag minions with him. Enough is enough! It is time to get him OUT of office!

  15. Bob says


    Conservative Cubans who back him want to hear this crap.
    Foolish Liberals and Gays think that people like Rubio are stupid, rather than evil, and try to talk him out of it.

  16. candideinnc says

    I work with the court system, and am quite familiar with the discrimination cases that are heard. Yes, there are frivolous lawsuits–but not that many, because lawyers know that they can’t win them. The fact is that the only suits that really succeed are the ones where the juries jaws drop when they hear the evidence, and they get angry at the injustice. And there are mighty, mighty few of those cases. What is also worth thinking about is how few juries will be terribly sympathetic to a gay minority. People don’t stop being prejudiced just because they are in a jury pool.

    So what ENDA really does is simply state that the law is on the side of the oppressed minority. That is the true effect of this act. And Rubio knows that. He just doesn’t care.

  17. Endora says

    Just so I am clear on this:

    According to Marco a gay person filing suit because he was discriminated against for being gay is frivolous but him saying things like, “To Latino people it’s (illegal immigration) not about numbers, it’s about family.” isn’t ?

    See, whether it’s a Cuban or that field hand in Virginia, just as soon as they think they have theirs, they turn on other people.

  18. says

    If you are stupid enough to ask applicants if they are gay, you deserve to be sued. Otherwise you can just claim that you didn’t know therefore case closed. The only people who are going to get sued in this are people who are openly hostile to gay people and proud of it. The people who are freaking out about this are the very ones who know there’s a record of anti-gay statements that would be useful in an anti-discrimination lawsuit. Americans for some reason already think it’s illegal to fire someone for being gay. In most states, it’s not. We need to make that clear. republicans have been way out ahead of us for decades now with catch-phrases like “I’m for equal rights, but not special rights.” For once I’d like to see liberals actually do a good job of messaging on an important issue. Just once.

  19. Burt says

    What is it that these Bozos don’t understand, that for the most part religion has no place in the workplace? If the business owner insists on spewing forth his own take on religion, then he needs to suffer consequences when that impacts the well-being of his employees.

    It isn’t just gays that are being fired because of that; adherents to other religions and sects have been the subject of unwarranted termination as well.

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