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South Dakota Republican Introduces Bill To Ban Recognition of All LGBT Protections

Via Sioux Falls’ CBS News affiliate:

Rep. Tony Randolph, a Republican from Rapid City, introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit the state from enforcing, endorsing or favoring policies that cover a range of activities that involve members of the LGBT community.

In short, the bill wants the state to not enforce, endorse and favor policies that allow same-sex marriage, policies that allow counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and policies that prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation. The bill would also allow for conversion therapy and prohibit same-sex couples from receiving benefits.

The bill would also prohibit the state from enforcing, endorsing or favoring policies that permit public libraries or public schools in the state to partner with nonsecular organizations to promote, host, sponsor, favor or endorse drag queen storytime.

The ACLU of South Dakota has responded to the new bill.

“Marriage equality is the law of the land in South Dakota and the entire nation, no matter what half-baked legal theories anti-LGBTQ lawmakers try to put forward,” said Libby Skarin, the policy director for the ACLU of South Dakota. “This bill is further proof that some South Dakota legislators remain committed to discriminating against LGBTQ people and their families. South Dakota lawmakers cannot defy the U.S. Supreme Court based on their extreme personal views.”

The one black man in South Dakota, and wouldn’t you know it – he’s a Republican and he’s anti-gay and by the looks of it a closet-case as well.


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  1. As an senior black man from the deep South we can extremely bigoted and selfish. As if only we deserve civil Rights protection as we suffered the most first of all it is not a contest second it is hypocritical this senator is an embarrassment also predjudice Is not genetic it is learned behavior and an ideology we are not immune despite self serving assertions to the contrary bye before y’all call me an uncle to tell me have you even read Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel!? That’s what I thought

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