The Arkansas legislature has just sent the state’s right-to-discriminate bill, virtually identical to Indiana’s, to Gov. Asa Hutchinson who has said he plans to sign it: Arkansas is a penstroke away from having a “license to discriminate” law nearly identical to Indiana’s. HB 1228, the Arkansas “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), already passed both the House and the [Read More…]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Anti-gay law like Indiana’s passed in Arkansas, sent to Gov. Hutchinson who has said he’ll sign it.
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Georgia running away from its own anti-gay bill after watching Indiana implode.
Georgia was working on an RFRA similar to Indiana’s (it was written with the help of the same people/organizations). Now, after watching Indiana lose money that can only be described with the scientific term “shitloads”, they seem to have had a change of heart: Let nobody tell you that your voice doesn’t matter. Nowhere is [Read More…]
CNN’s Chris Cuomo did a beautiful interview with Ryan McCann of the Indiana Family Institute. Here’s the thing: McCann and his ilk cannot win by telling the truth. If they say that this bill is to permit discrimination (which it is) they lose in public opinion and in court. But rather than losing fairly they [Read More…]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: Indianapolis (Republican) mayor takes steps to fight Indiana’s new anti-gay law.
I could not be happier if more Republicans were like this: Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council on Monday called on the Indiana General Assembly to either repeal the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act or add explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in state law. Ballard also issued an executive order [Read More…]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: KY Gov: gay marriage ban is non-discriminatory because everybody’s free to marry someone of the opposite sex.
Gov. Steve Beshear’s lawyer has filed a brief with the Supreme Court saying the state’s gay marriage ban is constitutional and should stand because it’s not discriminatory: it prevents everybody from marrying somebody of the same sex: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the state’s ban on gay marriage should be upheld in part because it [Read More…]
GAY RIGHTS & POLITICS: After blowback, Indiana governor wants legislation to “clarify” anti-gay bill.
So Indiana passed a law allowing businesses to discriminate against their LGBT customers so long as they do it for religious reasons, because apparently immoral things become just great as long as you them for religion. The running message from defenders of this law (who are all religious and anti-gay, but I’m sure that’s a [Read More…]
Last month the state of Arkansas passed a bill that forbid its municipalities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances that included LGBT people. I know, party of small government, right? Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed the bill to become law without his signature, because that’s totally different than signing it. He must not be anti-gay, right? Fortunately, that [Read More…]
GAY RIGHTS: Billionaire CEO of Sales Force Marc Benioff pulls investments out of Indiana after right-to-discriminate bill is signed.
Today Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill that will allow business owners to discriminate against their LGBT customers. He says the bill does not allow that, which is completely wrong. In fact, it’s precisely what the bill was designed to do: “This bill is not about discrimination,” he said, “and if I thought it [Read More…]
FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Missouri megachurch pastor urging congregation to vote to repeal anti-discrimination laws.
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME??? Seriously, everywhere I live religious assholery seems to follow in my wake. I’m cursed, I think. First my home state of Arkansas has been overrun by theocrats wasting the state’s money, now a megachurch in Springfield, MO, where I went to college, is urging the community to repeal the [Read More…]