It’s from Texas (of course) and it doesn’t involve Screwie Louie (whoddathunkit?!):
Four Republican lawmakers from the Plano area plan to introduce legislation that would bar cities and counties from adopting ordinances prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people, the Observer has learned. The proposed legislation also threatens to nullify existing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances in cities that are home to roughly 7.5 million Texans—or more than one-quarter of the state’s population.
The bill comes in response to the Plano City Council’s passage last month of an equal rights ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations.
And what is their reasoning, you ask, and by reasoning you mean fig leaf:
“It should be a uniform standard statewide, and cities can’t just arbitrarily create new classes that criminalize a whole segment of the majority of the population,” Welch said. “It’s just self-evident that they’re going to try to do it city by city. We’re dealing with a broad public policy that creates criminal punishments. That’s a pretty serious issue, and when it’s based on a special agenda by a small, tiny fragment of the population … that’s a legitimate need and reason for the state Legislature to act.”
Who is this “they” of whom you speak? Sounds like “they” have an agenda?… But less you think this is aimed solely at the ‘mos, well, think again:
“Nobody supports discrimination and nobody supports discriminating against anybody in the GLBT community,” Welch told the Observer. “What we’re against is laws that are passed that essentially give them privileged-class status and threaten with criminal penalties business owners and individuals and ultimately churches and pastors for practicing historic beliefs that have been part of this country since it’s founding, and that’s something that’s a direct threat against our First Amendment, and that’s what this is all about.”
That is indeed what this is all about: your need to discriminate is the lone-star reason to go down this road, boys, and it is aimed very specifically at a specific minority. Also/too, so much for local control of which Wingnuttia sings the praises so often. Let’s watch this one closely in a future Claim Chowder: will Texas hatred of gay people push them to take away local autonomy of cities and counties?