Audio surfaces of NC Congressman Robert Pittenger’s controversial comments on sexual orientation

“Where does the government’s role in dictating our daily lives end? That’s the debate we should be having.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An audio recording of the exchange between U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger and a Washington, D.C.-based reporter over discrimination in the workplace which sparked controversy has surfaced.

WSOC-TV reported that a Think Progress reporter asked Pittenger if he “thought businesses should be able to fire someone bcause they are gay or lesbian”

Pittenger said that people are already “protected.” Pittenger went on to say businesses should have “autonomy to run their own business.”

The question was asked at a Ballantyne town hall this month.

Channel 9 reached out to Pittenger and he issued the following statement:

“The statutes are clear, that Americans are well protected already. We should fully enforce current laws against discrimination. I hear America’s cry for more jobs and a stronger economy, not more federal regulations added to the vast maze of federal regulations we have already. That can only stifle the ability…

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