Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody is refusing to speak out against Governor LePage’s support of a court brief that seeks to allow companies to fire workers based on their sexual orientation and gender identity without violating federal workplace discrimination law.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Moody’s spokeswoman and Governor LePage’s daughter, Lauren LePage, issued a statement that “did not comment specifically on her father’s decision to join the amicus brief.”
In my view, this amicus brief is not about firing anyone. It’s about the separation of powers. If the federal government wants to revise its own discrimination laws, that is up to Congress–not activist judges. #mepolitics
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) August 28, 2018
Shawn Moody had an opportunity to stand up & speak with moral clarity about whether he believed LGBTQ Mainers should be fired over their sexual orientation.
— Maine Democrats (@MaineDems) August 29, 2018
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett issued sharp criticism of Moody for his refusal to take a clear stance on LePage’s actions and on the issue of workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.
“Shawn Moody had an opportunity to stand up and speak with moral clarity about whether or not he believed LGBTQ Mainers should be fired over their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Bartlett said. ” nstead, he once again showed the people of Maine that he would rather please Governor LePage than stand up to him – and that speaks volumes about Moody.”
Bartlett added, “Moody says he doesn’t consider gender identity or sexual orientation when making a personnel decision. Of course he doesn’t – if he did, he would be breaking the law. The question here is whether or not Moody believes discrimination against LGBTQ Mainers should be allowed, and by failing to answer the question, it leads me to believe he does. Prominent business leaders and trade groups have spoken out against LePage’s actions on this issue and oppose efforts to allow discrimination in Maine workplaces – it’s a shame Shawn Moody couldn’t find the courage to do the same.”