GOP Legislators: Local Governance is Best…Except When The Gays are Involved

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.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • Thinking about a lot of this stuff lately — this excerpt by US Grant shared by Ta-Nehisi Coates is nothing short of brilliant.

    That the same legislators who proclaim loudly their ability to opt-out of the Affordable Care Act would now impose their views on Missoula is frustrating. It's also a worldview with a long history in this country.

    Keep it up, man. Your writing's been great.

  • Let me second Matt. Great writing and analysis requires time and effort, but you do it anyway. Please do keep it up. Your columns are always insightful. Thanks.

  • p.s. I thought I knew who all the major whackos and bigots were in the Pubbies this session, but they just keep coming out of the woodwork. It's really incredible that the Pubbies have allowed themselves to be taken over by these abject, despicable haters, racists, and bigots. Their next target is Montana itself. We canNOT allow this to happen. I have preached endlessly about their conscience efforts to promote their bigotry nationwide in an attempt to make Montana a destination for other racists and bigots. I believe that many of their bills are designe to achieve this goal. And I also believe it works.

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