Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley said Tuesday that anti-LGBT laws “motivated” the gay Orlando shooter to kill a bunch of homosexuals at a gay nightclub.
MERELY: I think it’s important for folks to realize that the type of hate and prejudice that motivated this individual is still fed by the discrimination we have in so many states. In Florida, you can be fired from your job if you’re gay or lesbian. You can be kicked out of a restaurant or theater. You can be kicked out of rental housing. We need to end discrimination across this country and fully embrace our constitutional vision of opportunity for every single American. Maybe that will do something to send the message to virtually everyone that that’s our culture is to embrace opportunity for all.
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