Rand Paul attempted to clarify his remarks suggesting that employers should be able to fire people for being gay.
Said Paul at a campaign event broadcast on Periscope on Wednesday:
“I think really the things you do in your house we could just leave those things in your house and they wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace to tell you the truth. These are very difficult decisions on what you decide will be employer’s decisions and not. And really isn’t so much about that question as it is about—it sets up a classification, or a class of people who can now sue. See what I mean? So what happens, it sets up a whole industry for people who want to sue….If you are gay there are plenty of places that will hire you.”
The remark prompted a reaction tweet from Hillary Clinton:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 14, 2015
Paul spoke with Wolf Blitzer on Thursday and attempted to wade out of the morass with a fancy word salad:
“I don’t think anybody should be fired for being gay. I do also, though, believe that your personal life should be personal and shouldn’t affect anyone firing you. So I don’t think the decision whether to hire or fire you should be based on things in your personal life. So when I say that it should remain in your house, yeah I don’t think it should be part of the decision-making of the business. So I might have been able to word it better, but I don’t think it should enter into the decision at all…”