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Breaking: Sally Kern Withdraws Anti-Gay ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill

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Oklahoma GOP lawmaker Sally Kern has withdrawn her controversial “license to discriminate” bill – but there are many others in queue.

 

Sally Kern has withdrawn her controversial and likely unconstitutional bill that would effectively have provided Oklahoma businesses and practitioners a license to discriminate against gay people. The bill, HB1597, had been labeled “unprecedented” and “hate-filled” by LGBT activists and allies. She still has two more anti-gay bills awaiting consideration, and there have been at least seven other anti-gay bills introduced this month.

WATCH: ‘I Don’t Hate Anybody’: Rep. Sally Kern Defends Her Three Latest Anti-Gay Bills (Video)

After further consideration, I have decided to withdraw House Bill 1597, known as ‘The Business Protection Act.’ The bill as introduced did not accomplish my desired purpose,” Kern said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon.

“Across the country, business owners are being sued by individuals who are asking the owner to perform a service or provide a product that is contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs,” she claimed. “When these business owners have refused because of conscience, they were then sued having to face legal battles that resulted in their losing their business and even facing jail.”

No business owner has ever faced jail for refusing an LGBT person “to perform a service or provide a product that is contrary to their deeply held religious beliefs.

“I wanted a tort bill that limited damages between the business owner and the customer ensuring that the business owner would not lose their livelihood,” Kern, a 68-year old Baptist, claimed, despite the fact that no business owner has “lost their livelihood” for refusing service to an LGBT person. 

“I will support the efforts of my colleagues who have introduced bills that do what I intended,” Kern continued, knowing there are still seven other anti-gay bills introduced, including two more of hers. “I will work with the governor, the speaker of the House and Senate pro tempore to protect the business interests of our state so that all our citizens who take the risk of opening a business can prosper and thrive.”

Kern, who has said gay people are more dangerous than terrorists, was elected by Oklahoma citizens, not businesses, and in fact ran against a small business owner in 2012. In 2014 she ran unopposed.

 

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Trump also lied about the timing of any possible vaccine:

And he lied about the state of the pandemic in the U.S.:

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‘Dangerous’ Anti-LGBTQ Trump Appointee Who Calls US a ‘Homo-Empire’ Quits – Will Partner With Con Man Jacob Wohl

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A bigoted Trump appointee at the famed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has just quit but not before announcing she is teaming up with infamous conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman at a Thursday press conference, where she will discuss her “Christian beliefs.”

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Playing the role of a victim of anti-religious bigotry, Corrigan wrote: “For too long, I’ve remained silent as the media has attacked me for my Christian beliefs, which are shared by the majority of Americans.”

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She also appeared to attack transgender Americans, saying, “Men aren’t women.”

Corrigan also erroneously attacked a Democratic Senator who is very supportive of religion, Cory Booker, as a “radical anti-Christian leftist.”

Politico’s Daniel Lippman reported on Corrigan’s resignation. She attacked him too:

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Among the few tweets she left up, aside from ones posted today, is this one of her with white nationalism sympathizer Tucker Carlson.

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Now-Deleted Photo Allegedly of Jerry Falwell Jr. With Unzipped Pants in the Company of ‘Good Friends’ Stuns Internet

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A Houston Chronicle reporter posted what appears to be a screenshot from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr’s Instagram account, and it’s going viral on social media. The unconfirmed photo appears to be of Falwell Jr., with his arm around a young woman, his pants unzipped with underwear showing. He is holding a glass.

“More vacation shots,” the caption reads. “Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promised that’s only black water in my glass. It was a prop only.”

Robert Downen, whose bio says he reports on “All things faith/religion” for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted out the screenshot.

Downen says the post is “real,” citing three sources.

Relevant magazine, which says it is “the leading platform reaching Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings,” also called it “a bizarre Instagram post.”

Pulpit & Pen News, which says it is “is a media outreach of the Fellowship Baptist Church,” also reported on the photo, saying: “To say that this behavior is unbecoming and scandalous for a president of a Christian university is an understatement.”

They say Falwell Jr. also posted and then deleted a video of they describe as “Trailer Park Boys” on a yacht.

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