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Republicahttp://mdn.org/nw2/newsedit/images/fill.gifn representative gives strong speech advocating for sexual orientation to be added to discrimination laws

Date: April 8, 2015
By: Hannah Knight
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1019 and the rollcall

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Republican lawmaker gives a strong speech advocating for sexual orientation to be added to work place discrimination law.
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Wrap: Republican Representative Kevin Engler says he wishes the chamber would add sexual orientation to be listed along with the other minorities considered as protected classes.

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Description: I recognized that we are one of the few states of the union where it's allowed to fire someone strictly because they're gay. That's wrong. That is discriminatory.

 Engler did end up voting for the bill, which was given first round approval.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.

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Longtime republican legislator wants to see sexual orientation added to work place discrimination law.
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Wrap: Farmington Republican Representative Kevin Engler made a strong speech on the House floor Wednesday saying he wanted to add sexual orientation to the list of minorities protected by law.

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Description: I don't have enough votes. I proposed it last year to add sexual orientation to this discrimination. But I would hope that if I am still here for three more years, sometime during that period, it will be added to this piece of legislation.

 

The bill ended up gaining first round approval despite Engler's concerns.

He also voted for the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.

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Republican representative says sexual orientation should be added to the list of minorities under work place discrimination law.
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Wrap: Former Senate Majority Leader and current Representative Kevin Engler gave a strong speech on the House floor Wednesday saying he wants sexual orientation to be added to work place discrimination law.

The comments came while lawmakers debated a bill raising the burden of proof for employees who file discriminatory lawsuits.

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Description: So I'm going to vote for this bill because it needs to be done, the level needs to be raised to show people that you're firing them because of that reason, but we should be including sexual orientation in this.

The House gave the bill initial approval.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.


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