Keila Szpaller reports in the Missoulian that Republican legislator Kristin Hansen (R-Bigotry) is requesting a bill draft to “bar local governments from enacting anti-discrimination statutes that contain provisions in them that are not contained in state statutes.” In other words, the bill is a heavy-handed state intrusion to block the Missoula ordinance that Dallas Erickson and his cadre of homophobes hates so much.
Sometimes, I think simply presenting the arguments from the advocates on both sides (without comment) makes it clear who’s right. This is one of those times.
Dallas Erickson, Montana Help Our Moral Environment:
But Erickson, who fought the Missoula ordinance, said people who are gay want to "legitimize deviate sexual conduct" so the schools will teach homosexual sex and so gay people can marry. He opposes such efforts.
"They want to legitimize it and make it on par with normal sexuality the way we were created," Erickson said.
Councilman Dave Strohmaier:
I absolutely do not think that Montanans want to be known as a state that’s occupied by folks who do not value civil rights and equality for all of our citizens. So again, whether it’s intended or not, the consequences would be a significant black eye for the state of Montana.
Somehow, I doubt that Krayton Kerns will be decrying the TYRANNY of this government intrusion anytime soon.