14 February 2014

There's no place like home.

Yesterday Casey Carey-Brown posted a link on her Facebook wall to this article. Aren't we past all this bullshit? Haven't we learned from our past? Clearly not.

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The article points out what a slippery slope this bill is, and how open it leaves everything to interpretation, trusting the individuals doing the discriminating to make the decisions and leaving no recourse for those being discriminated against.

I won't go into the details of the bill, which passed easily in the House and is expected to pass the Senate. But the bill is a sweeping discrimination of gays.

Basically, the law will give Kansas citizens carte blanche to discriminate against gays. Or people who support gays. Or people they think are gay. Or people they think support gays. Or people wearing a shirt with a rainbow on it. Or people who hug their same-sex friends when they say hello. Or people who don't go to church on Sundays....

Surely you can see the danger of passing any kind of law that grants the merest discrimination. But to pass something as sweeping as this bill?

It makes my stomach hurt to think about the people in Kansas who have to live with this, gay and straight alike. And what about those who are transgender? Or androgynous? Or anything else that doesn't fit into the Kansas-politico, narrow-minded, binary view of gender?

On a side note, Kansas has a "stand your ground" law in place. I shudder to think how that will find a way of relating to this new discrimination bill in people's minds.

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