Thursday, September 1, 2016

Arkansas attorney general weighs in on North Carolina law

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge can't be bothered with illegal payday lending in Arkansas, among other pressing business not worthy of her time such as malfeasance of office by Secretary of State Mark Martin in abetting the illegal removal of eligible voters from the voter rolls. But she has plenty of time to pursue a national right-wing agenda (she even has a deputy solicitor general to go with the full general now).

Latest: Arkansas is on the brief led by Texas to keep North Carolina's viciously anti-LGBT law on the books until various challenges, including by Arkansas, are settled on whether transgender people can use the bathroom of their choice or not.

Rutledge could offer as some defense that Arkansas, too, has a viciously anti-gay law that protects discrimination against LGBT people in hiring, housing and public accommodations if you cite a religious basis for your discrimination.

A federal judge last week said the University of North Carolina could not block transgender students from using the restroom that matches their identity. A Texas judge has gone along with that state's desire to discriminate and Rutledge joins others in saying that's enough to halt action on enforcing the judge's ruling in North Carolina.

Arkansas's interest? Discrimination. It's of a piece with the state's move back to a 1960s-style belief in "freedom of choice" segregative school assignments.

Tags: , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Architecture lecture: Sheila Kennedy on "soft" design

    Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
  • Petition calls for Jason Rapert Sewage Tanks in Conway

    A tribute is proposed for Conway's state senator Jason Rapert: naming the city's sewage sludge tanks for him. Petitioners see a similarity.
  • Health agency socked with big verdict, Sen. Hutchinson faulted for legal work

    A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
  • Religious right group calls for compromise on damage lawsuit amendment

    The Family Council, the religious right political lobby, has issued a statement urging its followers to oppose the so-called tort reform amendment to limit attorney fees and awards in damage lawsuits.
  • Constituents go Cotton pickin' at Springdale town hall

    Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.

Visit Arkansas

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Little River County gears up for Sesquicentennial

Historical entertainment planned for joint celebration of three Southwest Arkansas milestone anniversaries

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation