Monday, September 19, 2016

Mayor stands fast in Charlotte against LGBT bias law like Arkansas's

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 4:20 PM

click to enlarge COURAGE: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts isn't buying panicked GOP governor's 'compromise' on LGBT bias law. - TWITTER/MATT COMER
  • Twitter/Matt Comer
  • COURAGE: Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts isn't buying panicked GOP governor's 'compromise' on LGBT bias law.
North Carolina Republican officials, including the governor, are desperately trying to cram a bogus "compromise" into law to resolve the economic hit the state is suffering for its law legalizing discrimination against LGBT people. (It's a law with little functional difference from anti-LGBT laws passed in Arkansas and supported by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.)

If only Charlotte will drop its civil rights ordinance, they say, they PROMISE the legislature will then repeal the state bigotry law. Maybe they will; maybe they won't. But even if they do, that only means Arkansas will be a state, like Arkansas, with no protection for LGBT people at any level, from a city ward on it.

The Charlotte mayor recognizes baloney when she sees it and says the Charlotte City Council won't take up the bad deal as the governor is demanding. The Republicans claim SHE is engaging in political theater. The theater of the absurd is all on their side.

Some day, national interests will discover that little ol' Arkansas has a law just as bad. And while some cities in Arkansas have moved to pass modest anti-discrimination ordinances, they generally have not gone so far as Charlotte went with full protection for citizenry based on gender identity and sexual orientation (this would protect the small number of transgender people desiring to use facilities hat comport with their identity). Little Rock, for example, simply approved non-discrimination in city personnel and purchasing.

In the meanwhile, Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is trying to strike those ordinances down so the world will know Arkansa doesn't tolerate civil rights protection for gay people of any sort, anywhere.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Waiting to die. An account from Death Row

    Ibby Caputo, who contributed to our coverage of the legislature this year, has written an article for Slate about Morgan Holladay's experience as a spiritual helper to Jack Jones, one of four men executed in Arkansas last month.
    • May 22, 2017
  • Trump's budget could hit Arkansas hard

    If Donald Trump succeeds in cutting "entitlements" by $1.7 trillion, the impact will be felt particularly in poor states. In other words, Arkansas.
    • May 22, 2017
  • The open line and daily video roundup

    The open line and the daily video.
    • May 22, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Trump unfit

    Even as an oligarch, President Trump turns out to be breathtakingly incompetent. Is there any reason to suppose he's even loyal to the United States? Does he even understand the concept? Trump is loyal to Trump, and to his absurdly swollen ego. Nothing and nobody else.
  • You want tort reform? Try this.

    The nursing home industry and the chamber of commerce finally defeated the trial lawyers in the 2017 legislature. The Republican-dominated body approved a constitutional amendment for voters in 2018 that they'll depict as close to motherhood in goodness.
  • Goodbye, Mr. Trump

    It is hard to escape the feeling that the fortunes of President Trump and the country took a decisive, and for Trump a fatal, turn May 9-10, when the president fired the director of the FBI over its investigation of Russian efforts to swing the presidential election to him and the very next day shared top-secret intelligence with Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting closed except to a Kremlin press aide toting electronic gear to capture the intimate session for Russians but not Americans.
  • Raw feelings in the Arkansas Justice Building over workload, pay

    Strained relations between the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals broke into public view this week. I expect more to come.

Visit Arkansas

New Entrance and North Forest to debut with Chihuly exhibit opening at Crystal Bridges

New Entrance and North Forest to debut with Chihuly exhibit opening at Crystal Bridges

Dual Chihuly exhibit opening also brings culmination of year-plus forest project

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

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