Quickies: Mid-Week Update on Discriminatory State Laws
California “Shoot the Gays” Initiative
- CA AG Attempts to Shut Down “Shoot the Gays” Initiative – Despite the lack of legal framework for dismissing blatantly unconstitutional state initiatives, California’s Attorney General has “filed an action for declaratory relief seeking judicial authorization to not issue a title and summary for the initiative.” The action reads in part, “As Attorney General of California, it is my sworn duty to uphold the California and United States Constitutions and to protect the rights of all Californians. This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society.”
- “Intolerant Jackass” Initiative to Combat “Shoot the Gays” Initiative – On Monday activist Charlotte Laws mailed in the necessary paperwork and $200 filing fee to create an initiative to pass the “Intolerant Jackass Act.” The act “would label the author of any ballot measure calling for the killing of gays and lesbians an ‘intolerant jackass'” and compel them to attend “at least three hours a month of sensitivity training for a year and contribute $5,000 to a pro-gay or pro-lesbian organization.”
Indiana Freedom to Discriminate Bill SB 101
- Indiana Gov to Sign SB 101 on Thursday – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to sign SB 101 in a private ceremony today. According to the Indiana Star, “Senate Bill 101 would prevent state and local governments from ‘substantially burdening’ a person’s exercise of religion unless the government can prove it has a compelling interest and is doing so in the least restrictive means.” In other words, passing the bill would allow open discrimination against LGBTs just trying to go about their daily lives and women seeking legal medical care. You can ask Gov. Pence to veto SB 101 here.
- George Takei Vows to Boycott IN if Gov Signs SB 101 – “If it goes into effect, Indiana will be marked as a state where certain people are not welcome, and so we will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events, including GenCon, the world’s largest gaming convention, held in Indianapolis each year. Many fans here are gamers, Governor Pence, and we will demand the convention move out of your state.”
- Gen Con Threatens to Move Convention if IN Gov Signs SB 101 – “‘Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years,’ said Adrian Swartout, owner and CEO of Gen Con LLC, in a letter sent to Pence just hours after lawmakers sent the measure to his desk.”
- Disciples of Christ Church Will Move Convention if IN Gov Signs SB 101 – “As a Christian church, we are particularly sensitive to the values of the One we follow – one who sat at (the) table with people from all walks of life, and loved them all. Our church is diverse in point of view, but we share a value for an open Lord’s Table.”
Mixed News from KY, AR, and ID
- Kentucky Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Fails – The bill would have restricted bathroom use to those whose “biological sex” matched the bathroom’s assigned gender and offered rewards for reporting violators. The bill passed the Republican controlled Senate but stalled out in the Democrat controlled House.
- Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Freedom to Discriminate Bill – “The bill, if enacted, would strengthen any case of a person suing the government if that person could prove their religious beliefs were infringed upon. The Senate could take up the bill as soon as Wednesday.”
- “Website of Idaho lawmaker seeking pro-gay judges’ impeachments gets LGBT makeover” – “An Idaho Republican lawmaker’s political website has been snapped up by a group claiming to be gay rights activists, decorated with rainbows and replaced with text requesting that the legislature meet with same-sex marriage supporters.”
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