House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.
"The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement. Boehner had previously side-stepped questions about the legislation, suggesting that new statutes were unnecessary in light of the growing cultural acceptance of gays and lesbians. Even so, top business leaders have begun pushing for the bill's passage. And in July 2013, the Government Accountability Office issued a report concluding that in states with LGBT workplace protections, "there were relatively few employment discrimination complaints based on sexual orientation and gender identity filed." -- from HuffPo