An Arkansas lawmaker’s legislation prohibiting all anti-discrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people is about to become law.
Freshman Republican State Senator Bart Hester is so equality-minded he wants the same rights for everyone. “God loves each and everyone of us, equally,” he told anti-gay activists at the Rally for True Marriage last November.Â
Hester’s quest for his own special brand of equality prompted him to introduce his emergency bill,Â SB 202, to strip all non-discrimination ordinances forever from the state of Arkansas. Hester thinks that the LGBT community has too many rights and protections, and says it’s unfair that they have more than he does.
The 37-year old Senator, real estate businessman, and deacon at his Southern Baptist church, understands that LGBT people face discrimination, but they need to understand that so does he.
â€œI am singled out as a politician. I am singled out because I am married to one woman,â€ Hester told Buzzfeed. â€œI 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.â€
Hester says that in order to attract business to Arkansas, all the laws across the state must be uniform, and pesky anti-discrimination ordinances just make things messy. So messy in fact that it’s “infuriating” to him.
â€œThere are many things necessary for stability â€” and civil rights need to not be a volatile situation,â€ Hester says. â€œItâ€™s got to be something we agree on for the entire state.â€
Buzzfeed reports that if Hester’s bill passes, Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson will sign it. Fortunately for Hester, “there is no doubt it is going to pass,” he says.
TheÂ ACLU of Arkansas’ legal director, Holly Dickson, agrees.Â â€œIt is likely to pass, and it is likely to be signed by the governor,â€ she says.
Hester, smartly, is calling his legislation theÂ Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, because that sounds so much better than, say, the Anti-LGBT Pro-Discrimination Act.
It actually declares “an emergency” because “there are seventy-five (75) counties and five hundred (500) cities and towns in the state,” and “each county, city, and town can create its own local system for dealing with discrimination,” so his legislation, he says, is “immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”
Unsurprisingly, this isn’t Hester’s first attack on the LGBT community.
Here he is, speaking atÂ Josh Duggar‘s Rally for True Marriage, sponsored by the anti-gay hate groupÂ Family Research Council, where he told the crowd, “Evil does not become good, wrong does not become right, and lies do not become truth, just because a few accept it. And we all know what truth is.”
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‘One Minute to Live, Sir’: Trump Shared Details of Soleimani Assassination With Top Dollar Donors at Mar-a-Lago Fundraiser
President Donald Trump shared moment-by-moment details of his assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani with top high-dollar donors at Friday night’s fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago. The Commander-in-Chief also revealed he authorized the killing, not because of any supposed “imminent threat,” as he has previously asserted, but because intelligence reports, he said, found Solemiani was “talking about bad stuff.”
Killing Solemani as an act of retribution instead of as a preventative measure against imminent attack could be a war crime, legal experts have said.
The Washington Post reports Trump “spoke broadly about Soleimani as ‘the father of the road side bomb’ responsible for ‘every young, beautiful man or woman who see walking around with no legs, no arms.'”
Soleimani “was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘listen, how much of this shit do we have to listen to, right?’” Trump said, to applause.
The president also gave a blow-by-blow account of Soleimani’s killing.
“‘Sir, they have two minutes and 11 seconds.’ No emotion. ‘two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, 9, 8 …’ Then all of a sudden, boom,” Trump told the group of donors, according to audio recordings the Post received.
The Post also revealed that at Friday’s fundraiser, “Trump is heard boasting about increasing the defense budget by $2.5 trillion. To those who criticized his spending and the growing national debt, Trump said, ‘Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country.'”
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Speaking with the Beast’s Betsy Swan, Parnas stated that we was a participant at a private dinner at the Trump Hotel, with Swan writing, “In October 2018, he attended a dinner in a private suite at Trump Hotel hosted by the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. The dinner, with around a dozen people, connected Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with leaders in the cannabis industry. Parnas said he was invited because he “was a Trump loyalist,” and because the super PAC’s Director of Development Joey Ahearn knew he was pro-cannabis.”
According to Parnas, cannabis entrepreneurs were hoping to influence Kushner in the hope he could influence the White House’s stance on weed.
“They wanted Jared to be more involved, maybe help push the agenda with the president because they felt that that was something he needed to be more lenient on,” Parnas explained.
As for a picture taken with the couple that went viral, Parnas sais the White House was lying about the circumstances under which is was taken.
“The White House has claimed that a picture of Parnas with Kushner and Ivanka Trump was ‘taken at an event in a photo line.’” the report states. “Parnas, however, said it was taken at the intimate dinner with cannabis industry insiders. Two sources with knowledge of the dinner confirmed that it happened in October 2018 and that Parnas attended. The decor in the background of the picture–as Zack Everson, author of a newsletter on Trump properties noted–indicates the photo was taken in the pricey Trump Hotel suite where the dinner was hosted.”
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