Gary Glenn of AFA Michigan says companies shouldn’t hire gays
Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, not only doesn’t think that gays and lesbians should be protected from discrimination, he thinks that companies should not hire them at all.
In an interview with Linda Harvey of Mission America, Glenn makes his argument on the basis of alleged health concerns:
Glenn: Herman Miller, which is a major employer and corporation in Holland [Michigan], a furniture company, supported this so-called gay rights ordinance on the claim that it allowed them to attract the best and brightest.
Harvey: Here we go, yeah we heard that before.
Glenn: What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior given all of its severe medical consequences constitute the best and the brightest. It’s not really bright to engage in behavior that puts you at dramatically higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse and AIDS and cancer and hepatitis, and according to various sources, premature death. So to suggest that engaging in that type of behavior defines someone as the best and brightest, which seems to be the line coming out of corporate America, is just ridiculous.
Harvey: You’re right. And higher rates of domestic violence and unstable relationships. I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk, I just wouldn’t.
Hundreds of major corporations obviously disagree. The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index includes more and more companies every year with pro-equality policies. In 2011, 337 of the Fortune 1000 companies got a perfect score of 100 on the index. That’s up from only 13 companies in 2002 when the index was first issued. The average score for the Fortune 500 was 85 percent.