Anti-LGBT states get some tourism advertising | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Anti-LGBT states get some tourism advertising

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 7:33 AM

Funny or Die does a send-up tourism add for Mississippi after its adoption of a new law aimed at affording legal cover for those who want to discriminated against LGBT people.

Reminder: Arkansas got there first, with a couple of laws in 2015 to protect discrimination statewide and to prohibit local governments from providing protection the state would not. It's true our law isn't so outwardly noxious as some of the specifics of the Mississippi law, but it is just as broad: It affords a defense for LGBT discrimination by private parties in hiring, housing and public accommodation. Religion may be cited, just as the segs often cited religion as a justification for racial discrimination in the 1960s. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge went on national public radio this week to defend Arkansas laws providing a legal carve-out for those who want to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender. Just doing her job, she said.

PS: They have one of these for North Carolina, too. 

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