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

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.

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Into Law Allowing Public Agencies To Deny Services To LGBT Citizens

South Dakota has become the first state in 2017 to sign an anti-LGBT piece of legislation into law.

Senate Bill (SB) 149 has added taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to reject qualified, prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency’s purported religious beliefs.

Washington Blade:

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a measure allowing taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny services and child placement to LGBT families out of religious objections, making him the first governor in 2017 to sign an anti-LGBT law. Daaugard signed the measure, Senate Bill 149, with little fanfare Friday after the Republican-controlled legislature approved it by significant margins. The new law prohibits the state from taking adverse action against child placement agencies that discriminate against LGBT families, including the elimination of tax-exemptions, the imposition of fines, the cancellation of contracts or discrimination against the agency in a state benefit program.

The ACLU has issues a statement:

The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota has led the opposition to SB 149 through both lobbying efforts and by organizing affected communities. In a state facing a labor and talent shortage, this bill has sparked national interest and local questions as to whether South Dakota welcomes diversity and values the rights of individual citizens.

This bill was opposed by local and national child welfare experts that sent letters in opposition including The Adoption Exchange, Child Welfare League of America, National Association of Social Workers, and Voice for Adoption, as well as family law experts, South Dakota pediatricians, and local and national LGBT rights organizations including the Movement Advancement Project, the Human Rights Campaign, and more.

“We’re deeply disappointed by Governor Daugaard’s decision to green light Senate Bill 149. This discriminatory legislation takes South Dakota in the wrong direction, and sends the message that our leaders are more concerned with the desires of religious agencies than the rights of individuals and children in our state,” said Libby Skarin, Policy Director of the ACLU of South Dakota.

The small minded people in the state have no problem seeing their tax dollars spent to defend statutes that simply do not pass constitutional muster.

I’d say #BoycottSouthDakota. But there is nothing to boycott.

South Dakota GOP State Rep. Steve Hickey: Gay sex is “a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down”.

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“Certainly there are board-certified doctors in our state who will attest to what seems self-evident to so many: gay sex is not good for the body or mind. Pardon a crude comparison but regarding men with men, we are talking about a one-way alley meant only for the garbage truck to go down. Frankly, I’d question the judgment of doctor who says it’s all fine. This indeed is a matter of being on the wrong side of history considering that homosexuality has been a notable marker of the downfall of past civilizations, not their rise. It’s not hate for a physician to speak up about something that is harmful to human health. It is not unloving to tell people you don’t have to have sex with and marry someone to love and be loved by them. As one who performs marriages and counsels couples as part of my professional life, marriage is the last thing I’d recommend to someone who simply wants to be loved and legitimized.” – South Dakota GOP state Rep. Steve Hickey, (Hickey by the way os “Pastor” and founder the Church at the Gate in Souix Falls, S.D.)

Perhaps Hickey should talk to the AMA, the APA, the other APA, the WHO,  the majority of MDs in the world, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians and other health professionals who beg to differ.

South Dakota GOP state Rep. Steve Hickey. Another GOP straight fake christian man fixated on gay men and anal sex.

Lesbian Air Force Sergeant DISCHARGED AFTER Civilian Police OUT Here To Military Officials

They didn’t ask, and she didn’t tell.  Jene Newsome played by the militaries DADT rules and she was still discarged!

The lesbian Air Force Seargents honorable discharge under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came only after police officers in Rapid City, S.D., saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home and told the nearby Ellsworth Air Force Base.

The Rapid City Police Department says Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftsman who spent nine years in the Air Force, was not cooperative when they showed up at her home in November with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted on theft charges in Fairbanks, Alaska. Newsome was at work at the base at the time and refused to immediately come home and assist the officers in finding her partner, whom she married in Iowa — where gay marriage is legal — in October.

Police officers, who said they spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table through a window of Newsome’s home, (because eveyone keeps it on the kitchen table, right?) alerted the base, police Chief Steve Allender said in a statement sent to the AP. The license was relevant to the investigation because it showed both the relationship and residency of the two women, he said.

In the complaint filed last month with the department, ACLU South Dakota said police had no legal reason to tell the military Newsome was a lesbian and that officers knew if they did, it would jeopardize her military career.

Newsome, who was discharged in January, said she didn’t know where the marriage license was in her home when police came to her house on Nov. 20 and claims the officers were retaliating because she wouldn’t help with her partner’s arrest.

“This information was intentionally turned over because of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and to out Jene so that she would lose her military status,” said Robert Doody, executive director of ACLU South Dakota