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Pence Article Telling Employers to Not Hire Gays Resurfaces Ahead of VP Debate

Pence Article Telling Employers to Not Hire Gays Resurfaces Ahead of VP Debate

With all of the controversy surrounding Wednesday night’s Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mike Pence was already at a disadvantage. The head of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force wouldn’t agree to a distanced meeting with his opponent, Senator Kamala Harris, and also has repeatedly declined the use of plexiglass shields at the debate, which Senator Harris will be utilizing. Harris certainly has plenty of ammo for their meeting, with Pence ducking questions from the press regarding the health of Donald Trump while his top aide’s husband tested positive for COVID19, becoming just the latest White House staffer to fall prey to the outbreak that has been unofficially traced back to the Amy Coney Barrett nomination event in the Rose Garden on September 26.

Hours before the debate was set to begin on Wednesday, an article Pence wrote in the 1990s has resurfaced, in which he encourages employers to pass over gay and lesbian candidates for jobs, saying “Homosexuals are not as a group able-bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle.”

Pence’s article first appeared on Queerty.com in 2017 but was being shared on Twitter Wednesday afternoon as users were finding more material for Kamala Harris to use as ammunition.

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Pence was also Governor of Indiana at a time where HIV cases were increasing at an alarming rate, which he only made worse by refusing to support clean needle exchange programs.

You can read Pence’s full article detailing why he feels homosexuality is a “pathological condition” and other antiquated takes on the LGBTQ community, here.

The Vice Presidential Debate will air at 9:00 PM EST on all major and cable news networks.

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