Arkansas to Ban Local Anti-Discrimination Laws

Arkansas to Ban Local Anti-Discrimination Laws February 15, 2015

A bigoted and none-too-bright Arkansas state legislator has submitted a bill, which is certain to pass, that would forbid local governments from passing any laws that protect LGBT people against discrimination. And his reasoning in defending it is really quite stupid and incoherent.

The Arkansas legislature is expected to pass a law by week’s end that would block cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.

“I think there is no doubt it is going to pass,” Republican state Sen. Bart Hester, the sponsor of SB 202, told BuzzFeed News.

The bill easily cleared the state Senate Monday and sailed through a House committee on a 12-6 vote Wednesday.

Hester expects the full House to approve the bill with a two-thirds majority when it comes up for a vote on Friday.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said he will not veto the bill, Hester added…

Hester said he sponsored the bill to create uniform policies that will attract business, and found it “infuriating” that officials in one city had repeatedly attempted to expand civil rights laws for LGBT people.

“There are many things necessary for stability — and civil rights need to not be a volatile situation,” Hester said. “It’s got to be something we agree on for the entire state.”

Oh yes, of course, I’m sure that’s what you’re really concerned about. So the bill also makes all zoning laws, building regulations and health department regulations identical statewide too, right? I mean, if it’s really about business requirements being stable and uniform, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But if a business can fire someone for being gay in one city but not in another, that just destroys their ability to allocate capital and make investment decisions, I’m sure.

Hester acknowledged LGBT people can be targeted for discrimination, but contended that “we are all singled out for discrimination.”

“I am singled out as a politician. I am singled out because I am married to one woman,” Hester said. “I want everyone in the LGBT community to have the same rights I do. I do not want them to have special rights that I do not have.”

Seriously? You cant be fired from your job or denied housing because you’re married to a woman. Gay people can be discriminated against in those ways for who they’re married to. Which means you have “special rights” that they don’t have. Logic! Consistency!

By the way, this law will last about 15 seconds in court. The Supreme Court already struck down an identical law in Colorado in Romer v Evans in 1996. Even in Arkansas, word should have reached you by now.

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