I live in a state which shares a border with Mississippi. After reading this, I find myself not caring that the state is often left out of the narrative of hurricane coverage. With all this hate why should we remember they exist? Maybe I should feel some measure of happiness that they didn’t entirely exclude heterosexual people in their machinations.
This week, one of the nation’s most sweeping religious exemption laws, which allows for widespread discrimination based on “sincerely held religious beliefs of moral convictions,” went into effect in Mississippi. The law permits religious organizations to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people, unmarried couples, and people having sex outside of marriage—including single parents and heterosexual couples—in housing and employment. HB 1523 also authorizes government officials to refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
For every step we fight bitterly for, there’s 20 more these Hate Fueled people drag us backward.
- Mississippi senate voted 28-18 Thursday in the last procedural act to advance what critics say is the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the U.S.
- The House only needs to vote once to concur, and then the bill goes to the governor.
- House Bill 1523 would protect people, religious organizations, and certain businesses that refuse services specifically to LGBT people.
- The bill also would protect those opposed to recognizing the gender identity of transgender people.
It’s a little sad that I have family living there. Thankfully I don’t visit often, because I’d probably have to quit visiting. You go Carolina! SPREAD THE HATE!!
On Wednesday, North Carolina lawmakers proposed and passed — within just 24 hours — a combination of some of the most anti-LGBTQ measures proposed in the US, codifying the legality of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity into law.
How did this happen?
It began when the government of Charlotte, North Carolina, wanted to ban businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people, much in the same way businesses can’t discriminate against people based on their race or religion today. So on February 22, the city council passed an ordinance doing just that.
This guy is fantastically lampooning the ignorance of Houston.
Well this is a happy thought. Hope Michigan does something about this soon, but somehow I doubt it.
Opponents of LGBT equality have recently been trying to justify the discrimination they promote by claiming that wedding vendors should not have to “participate” in same-sex wedding ceremonies — i.e., sell the same service to same-sex couples that they do different-sex couples. This, they argue, is a matter of religious freedom, not discrimination.
Enter Brian Klawiter, the owner of Dieseltec, an auto repair shop in Grandville, Michigan. This week, he publicly took to Facebook to lay out some new policies for Dieseltec customers. First, guns are not only welcome at Dieseltec, but customers who bring their guns with them will get a discount — except for on-duty cops, because they didn’t personally pay for the guns they carry.
Secondly, Klawiter is a Christian, which means he will not welcome dishonesty, thievery, nor immoral behavior — particularly homosexuality. “I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons,” he wrote. “Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.”
Though I feel that my state will be the last to join the LGBT support and only under extreme duress, I am happy to see that one State Representative is sponsoring a bill which would add four new categories to discrimination protection under state law.
Record numbers of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll support gay marriage, say adoption by gay couples should be legal and see gays and lesbians as good parents. Most oppose a right to refuse service to gays, including on religious grounds. And, by a closer margin, more also accept than reject gay marriage as a constitutional right.
The results continue a dramatic transformation of public attitudes on the issue, led by political, legislative and court-ordered developments alike. Seventeen states now allow gay marriage, and federal courts in four others – most recently Texas and Virginia – have rejected laws banning it.