Pay attention, Texas lawmakers: The cost of laws that encourage individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people just went up. On Wednesday the NCAA Board of Governors adopted a new requirement that sites seeking to host events like the Final Four for men and women's basketball must "demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event."…… Read More
State Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, is upset that retailing giant Target has announced that transgender customers and employees may use whichever public restroom is appropriate to their gender identity. Here's his tweet this afternoon:…… Read More
When it comes to justifying discrimination against LGBT people, politicians are making some rather startling arguments. Here, for example, is what Texas Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, told a local television news reporter on Tuesday:
"In a free market, I choose who I do service with. If I have government stepping in that role and determining who I have to do service with, then we are one step closer to fascism."
Really, Sen. Perry? So was passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 a "step closer to fascism"? After all, that law bars businesses from denying service to people because of their race or gender.… Read More