Thursday, April 07, 2016
The Good and The Bad
Today the good comes from Pennsylvania where the Democratic Governor has signed an executive order protecting LGBT rights.
In reaction to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 and Mississippi’s House Bill 1532 – both laws that exclude gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from state anti-discrimination legal protections – Wolf, a Democrat, planned to sign two executive orders Thursday extending equal protection under Pennsylvania law to LGBT state employees.And at the same time as we drift into the depsth of our national cesspool known as the South, we come to South Carolina, The Palmetto Bug State, where one of the Republican Palmetto Bugs has come into the light of day to introduce an identical bill to the one passed in North Carolina, The Shitheel State.
“This is an important step in ensuring equality, but Pennsylvania must do more and the governor will also call on the legislature to finally pass non-discrimination legislation,” Wolf’s office said in a statement Wednesday.
“What happened in North Carolina, and what is going on in other states, should be a call to pass non-discrimination legislation in Pennsylvania now,” the statement said. “The governor wants to make clear that Pennsylvania is inclusive, welcoming and open for business for everyone.”
Beyond new legal protections for employees of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Wolf also intends to sign an executive order related to non-discrimination in the “grants and procurement process,” according to his office.
Wolf’s statement and action come as at least one political group in Pennsylvania this week started a campaign against legislation that’s been pending for months in the state to include LGBT as a protected class against discrimination.
Pennsylvania’s LGBT advocacy group Equality PA says the socially conservative group Pennsylvania Family Institute is spreading misinformation about the pending Pennsylvania Fairness Act, by “bringing discrimination from North Carolina to Pennsylvania.”
South Carolina would ban transgender people from using public bathrooms, showers or changing rooms of their choice under a bill introduced Wednesday in the state Senate.The Republican/Teabagger obsession, one might even call it perversion, with other peoples naughty bits including where they pee and poo continues. And again these people put forth their twisted thinking as if it were mainstream thought.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, said his proposal mimics a law passed last month in North Carolina. That state’s new law also overrules city and county laws protecting the rights of gay, bisexual and transgender men and women.
Several states have passed laws in recent weeks curbing gay and transgender rights. Mississippi’s governor Tuesday signed into law a bill that allows businesses to refuse service to customers based on the owners’ religious beliefs opposing gay marriage.
S.C. gay and transgender advocates are concerned Bright’s bill could open the door for restrictive laws in the Palmetto State and overrule local laws that protect their job and housing rights in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Charleston.
“This is our worst fear,” said Chase Glenn, chair of the transgender committee for gay and transgender rights group S.C. Equality.
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