The Michigan House of Representatives killed a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender expression to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. But they want you to know that they really, really wanted to pass it but those damned liberals insisted on including those icky transgender people in it.
House Speaker Jase Bolger’s office on Wednesday declared legislation prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians dead for the year because Democrats refused to vote for it without legal protections for transgender people.
“The extremists on the left were successful in preventing civil rights protections for gays and lesbians in Michigan,” Bolger spokesman Ari Adler said late Wednesday.
Bolger, R-Marshall, has opposed Democratic demands that “gender identity or expression” be added to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, arguing transgender individuals are already protected from discrimination under the classification of “sex.”
“They demanded extra language for a group that is already protected,” Adler said. “By taking a hard line and insisting that we provide double protection for transgender individuals, they blocked protection for gays, lesbians and bisexuals.”
Besides, trans people already have those protections, which explains why the GOP is so adamantly opposed to giving them those protections. I mean, it would obviously be a disaster if trans people were protected under two different parts of the legal code (even if that were true, which it isn’t). It totally makes sense, doesn’t it?
See, this is why I could never be a spokesperson for a politician. Your job is professional liar. Your job is to look right into the camera and say something so egregiously stupid and dishonest that no ethical person could say it without feeling ashamed, and to do it with complete confidence and feigned sincerity.