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‘Singled Out’ GOP Lawmaker To End All LGBT Protections ‘Because I Am Married To One Woman’

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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. 

Hester’s quest for his own special brand of equality prompted him to introduce his emergency bill, 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.

“I am singled out as a politician. I am singled out because I am married to one woman,” Hester told Buzzfeed. “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.”

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.

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

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.

The ACLU of Arkansas’ legal director, Holly Dickson, agrees. “It is likely to pass, and it is likely to be signed by the governor,” she says.

Hester, smartly, is calling his legislation the 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 at Josh Duggar‘s Rally for True Marriage, sponsored by the anti-gay hate group 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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Watch: Florida Dems Walk Out After DeSantis’ Surgeon General Refuses to Say if Vaccines Work

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Democrats on a Florida state Senate committee walked out of the confirmation hearing of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, a far right-wing anti-science extremist after he refused to answer if vaccines are safe and effective, and why the Dept. of Health has stopped publicly posting COVID data.

Ladapo, who has been in the position for months, has ties to an infamous conspiracy theorist doctor who talks about alien DNA, demon sperm, and pushes hydroxychloroquine as a COVID cure.

Asked if the COVID vaccines are effective, Ladapo refused to say “yes” or “no.” The Tallahassee Democrat reported Ladapo’s answers were “long-winded, indirect,” and that he “gave murky answers about his criticism of the Biden administration and his ability to work with the federal government, and whether he had a plan for ending the pandemic in Florida.”

“I would say that, that the, the question is a scientific one and it’s one that is answered with data. So, so, the, the question, the question is informed by data on specific outcomes and specific, specific therapies. So that’s a that’s the, that’s the scientific question.”

The Senator, polite but frustrated, pushed back: “Just a yes or no. Do vaccines work? In fighting against COVID-19? Yes or no?”

Related: DeSantis Vows to Fight FDA After COVID Treatment His Top Donor Invested in Is Found to Not Fight Omicron

“Senator,” replied Ladapo, an anti-vaxxer who opposes testing for the deadly coronavirus. “I just, I as a scientist, you know, I I, I am compelled to answer the scientific question, and I’d be happy to answer any specific scientific question that you have related to vaccines and COVID-19.”

So she tried again.

“Scientifically, does the, do the vaccines work against preventing COVID-19? Yes or no?”

“So, yes or no questions are not that easy to find in science,” Ladapo obfuscated. “So, I will I understand I think I have better clarity about your your question at this point. So what I would say is that the most commonly used vaccines in the United States, which would be the the Pfizer product and the product that was was developed by Moderna have been shown to have relatively high effectiveness for the prevention of hospitalization.”

Later, he was asked why the state has stopped publicly releasing COVID data. He again obfuscated.

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SCOTUS Justice Breyer Retiring

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, is retiring at the end of the Court’s term. Breyer, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, is one of just three liberals left on the nation’s highest court.

Progressives have been working to convince Breyer to retire while President Joe Biden still has a Democratic majority in the Senate.

NBC News’ Pete Williams broke the news. He notes President Biden committed to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

 

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21ST CENTURY VERSION OF A BOOK BURNING

Mayor Who Promotes His City’s ‘Progressive Leadership’ Blocks Taxpayer Funds Over Library’s ‘Homosexual Materials’

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Last March, Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene McGee spent time reading books to students at a local elementary school in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Week.

In September Mayor McGee signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, celebrating the 234th anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor McGee, who says his city of Ridgeland “attracts new businesses and new residents because of its vibrant businesses, progressive leadership, excellent schools and welcoming neighborhoods,” this week is refusing to release $110,000 in already appropriated funds to the local library because it has “homosexual materials” that he claims violate his Christian beliefs.

McGee “told me that the library can serve whoever we wanted, but that he only serves the great Lord above,” Tonja Johnson, executive director for the Madison County Library System told the Mississippi Free Press.

The counsel for the library board, Bob Sanders, was asked at a Tuesday meeting of the Ridgeland Library’s board if the mayor has legal authority to block the funds.

“Uh, no.” Sanders responded.

Mississippi Free Press reporter Nick Judin adds that “the mayor’s action may well violate basic constitutional rights, based on earlier court cases on the subject of LGBTQ book bans, including Sund v. City of Wichita Falls.

On Twitter, Judin adds more details:

Judin also offers this plea: “if you are sharing this story to make a point about Mississippi, I encourage you to remember that Mississippi is not just Gene McGee. Mississippi is also Tonja Johnson and the library board who voted unanimously to ignore his demands.”

No word yet on if the funds will be released.

 

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