Republicans in both chambers of the Oklahoma legislature passed on Thursday an anti-gay bill that will allow taxpayer funded adoption agencies to ban gay parents on religious grounds. The bill, described as “state-sponsored discrimination,” now heads to Republican Governor Mary Fallin’s desk.
SB 1140 might be unconstitutional, but Republican lawmakers were determined to pass it before the session ended Thursday evening. The Senate passed the bill by a 33-7 vote, and the House by a 56-21 vote.
“Republicans backing the bill say it protects religious freedom and will lead more private agencies to partner with the state on foster and adoption placements. They said same-sex couples would not be the only ones failing some agencies’ ‘religious test,'” according to Tulsa World.
In the House, “enraged Democrats tried to tie the bill up on procedural moves that were mostly ruled out of order. Shouting and general chaos on an order not seen for years ensued.”
Members of both parties hurled insults at each other during an informal but colorful debate about which side were the biggest bigots.
“If this bill becomes law it will cost Oklahomans millions of dollars in litigation fees, in a time when Oklahoma can not properly fund education and other core services,” Freedom Oklahoma executive director Troy Stevenson has warned.
“What happened on the floor of the Oklahoma House and Senate today was a disgrace,” Stevenson said Thursday night. “Leadership of both houses forced an unneeded, unwanted, and un-American bill onto the Governor’s desk. This measure does nothing but keep Oklahoma’s most vulnerable youth out of loving and committed homes. It is our greatest hope that Governor Fallin will show the world that the Oklahoma Standard still exists and that we do not put political posture over the health and safety of Oklahoma’s children. Governor Fallin, please veto this hateful bill.”
The governor has 15 days to sign the bill, veto it, or ignore it. If she does noting it becomes a “pocket veto,” and does not become law.
You can urge Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to veto the bill by calling 405-521-2342 during business hours, or 405-522-8857, option 6, to leave a message.
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County Commissioner Uses Anti-Gay Slur and Racism to Attack Democratic Presidential Candidate – Audience Applauds
A Tennessee county commissioner during a public meeting on Monday used an anti-gay slur and racism to attack a Democratic presidential candidate, then insisted, as he put it, that he’s “not prejudice.”
Commissioner Warren Hurst, while advocating for a proposal to make Sevier County a “gun sanctuary city” launched into a homophobic and racist diatribe that’s caught national attention.
“We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as ugly as you can get,” Commissioner Hurst said, according to WVLT. “Look what we got running for president in the Democratic party. We can go over here to Hoss’s jail [Sevier County Sheriff] and get better people out of there than those running for Democratic to be President of the United States.”
After his homophobic outburst Hurst was not yet finished.
“I’m not prejudice [sic], a white male in this country has very few rights and they’re getting took more every day,” Hurst claimed, which is false.
When he was done some in the audience laughed and applauded. One woman stood up, denounced Hurst’s comments, and left.
Although he did not mention which candidate he was referring to, Commissioner Hurst likely was speaking about twice-elected South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate who went on to earn a a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford. He also served in Iraq as an intelligence officer with the rank of lieutenant, in the United States Navy Reserve.
The Tennessee Holler posted video of Hurst’s remarks:
NEW: “We got a QUEER running for President… the white man has very few rights.”
Watch @SevierCounty Commissioner Warren Hurst’s homophobic, bigoted outburst Monday, telling folks to “wake up”.
Mayor’s office: 865-453-6136
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) October 22, 2019
Franklin Graham Promotes Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A and Attacks College Group as ‘The Ones Fostering Hate and Bigotry’
Franklin Graham has turned his Facebook-based ministry into one that frequently attacks the LGBTQ community, and Wednesday proved to be no different. The Evangelical leader with strong ties to President Donald Trump took to Facebook to promote Chick-fil-A, the $10 billion privately-owned faith-based fast food restaurant chain. And he blasted a college faculty group trying to keep the divisive restaurant from their campus.
“Guess where I ate lunch yesterday? Yes, at Chick-fil-A,” Graham bragged on Facebook. “They are always packed for a reason. Their restaurants are clean, and not only do they have a great chicken sandwich, but they have one of my favorite iced teas!”
Graham went on to claim that “at Kansas University, some progressive staff and administrators—are accusing Chick-fil-A of being a ‘bastion of bigotry’ and they don’t want them on campus. The Sexuality & Gender Diversity Faculty and Staff Council says Chick-fil-A ‘fosters hate and discrimination on multiple levels.’ That’s just simply not true.”
It is, in fact, true.
Through its charitable foundation Chick-fil-A’s owners have donated millions of dollars to anti-gay groups, including to an anti-gay hate group.
“This council and group of faculty are the ones fostering hate and bigotry, not Chick-fil-A!” Graham insisted, twisting the truth.
“All of this is because the founder Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy stood for traditional marriage and the business has donated to support some Christian charities,” Graham said.
Again, not true.
The Cathy family didn’t just stand for “traditional marriage.” They made offensive remarks about same-sex marriage, and again, they didn’t just donate to “some Christian charities.” They donated those millions of dollars to some very actively anti-gay organizations.
Some of those groups not only tried to block same-sex marriage from becoming legal, but at least one wanted to make “gay behavior” illegal, and even said gay people should be “exported” out of America.
Dan Cathy, now the chairman, president, and CEO of Chick-fil-A, has attacked marriage equality, saying, if you support same-sex marriage, you “are inviting God’s judgment on our nation,” and that we “shake our fist at Him” when we do.
That’s not just standing up for Christian beliefs.
Cathy also said same-sex marriage is the result of a “deprived” mind and called it “twisted up kind of stuff.”
Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal
The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.
The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.
“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”
President Trump has also stated he will not sign the Equality Act, which would specify that the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 does protect LGBTQ people from discrimination.
The Supreme Court will hear three cases related to anti-LGBTQ discrimination on October 8.
The move is consistent with the entirety of the Trump administration’s policies and actions.
Just ten days ago the Dept. of Justice tried to strong-arm the Equal Employment opportunity Commission to set aside up to eight years of findings and rulings and support the DOJ’s position firing LGBTQ workers is legal.
One week ago the DOJ in similar fashion urged the Supreme Court to rule that firing transgender workers is legal.
And on August 14 the Trump Dept. of Labor moved to prioritize the rights of so-called “religion-exercising organizations” over those of LGBTQ workers. The DOL offered a new proposal that appears to be a roadmap which faith-based organizations claiming to have religious beliefs or moral convictions can use to protect themselves from charges of discrimination.
As NCRM has reported previously, the Trump administration is the most anti-LGBT administration in modern U.S. history.
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