Recently, it became illegal for federal agencies to discriminate against LGBT folk in the workplace. That’s great. But what we really need is legislation that prohibits it everywhere. I keep saying it, but we need Title II of the Civil Rights Act to protect people from discrimination in the public as a whole. It belongs along with
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, or national origin in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, and places of entertainment.
There is no reason whatsoever to ignore this critical oversight. The time is well past to stop the animosity toward gay people.
It is manifestly obvious by now that Jeb Bush is a schlemiel. He’s as stupid as his brother, and has no chance whatsoever of being president. But who else do the Republicans have? Donald Trump? Bah. Scott Walker? Snore. It’s over as far as I’m concerned, and I think deep down every Republican knows it. Anyway, here’s Bush flailing around on the discrimination question:
Bush was asked by a gay employee at a San Francisco tech startup he visited on Thursday about his position on legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Time reported. Bush responded by denouncing discrimination in general, but also diminishing the need for legal protections and saying they should be only enacted at the state level.
Pressed on whether he would back new legislation to address the fact that 28 states lack laws protecting against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and 31 lack laws protecting against discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression, Bush suggested that this issue should not be a federal one. “I think this should be done state-by-state, I totally agree with that,” the former governor responded.
The old state’s rights gambit. So depressing. As I have said before, this is a dick’s way out of being put in a moral quandary. What about basic rights should be left to the caprice of a state legislature? Why not just say, “y’all can be motherless fucks if you like. That’s your right. Don’t bother me none”.
That’s what I call leadership.