ARKANSAS: Bill To Ban All LGBT Rights Laws Heads To Governor’s Desk
Ever get the feeling that the anti-gays are in a mad frenzy trying to keep the holes in the dykes patched as another hole appears nearby? And water rushes out of control into their worlds?
There is nothing more to say about this potential law than it reeks of hatred. The fact that these state legislatures feel the need to invest time in such measures shows how desperate and blatant the right has become about LGBT rights.
The Arkansas legislature gave its final thumbs-up Friday to a bill that would block cities and counties from enacting antidiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people. The Arkansas House of Representatives voted decisively, 57-20, for SB202, with seven members voting present. Having already cleared the state Senate Monday, the bill now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who is not expected to veto the legislation. The bill’s sponsor, Republican State Sen. Bart Hester [photo], told BuzzFeed News this week that he sponsored the measure to create consistent policies across Arkansas that will attract business, and because he was infuriated that cities were attempting to expand civil rights laws for LGBT people. “This bill creates uniformity for business, and citizens for that matter, so that our employment laws will be the same throughout the state,” Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger, the bill’s House sponsor, said before today’s vote on the House floor. “There are some things on a statewide basis we deal with all the time, such as murder and fraud — a variety of things that need to be uniform,” he said.