Monday, April 6, 2009

Two Steps Forward...

And one step back.

Although the Iowa State Supreme Court decision was a clear victory for LGBT rights, in North Dakota we lost. The North Dakota House voted down a Senate bill to add LGBT inclusive language to the non-discrimination laws of the state. The bill would have allowed for language to be added to the state Human Rights Act that would protect against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations.

State Rep. Robin Weisz, said this bill was inappropriate because being gay or lesbian is not something you are born with but a lifestyle choice and passing this legislation would force North Dakotans to accept homosexuality. Um, Rep. Weisz, if the law protects against discrimination based on religious belief then your "logic" fails. Belief is by definition a choice. By your standard, protection from discrimination based on religious beliefs should be removed from the law because it might force some poor unsuspecting North Dakotan to accept Islam.

Wake up and smell the coffee, ass hat.

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