01 March 2015

Arkansas Disapproves 'Special Treatment' for LGBTs

Fighting Back Homofascism
The people are slowly fighting back to gain their right on the kind of person they want to associate with. This right was unceremoniously being trampled by unilateral decision of federal judges that forced business owners to serve people whose chosen behavior contradicts their beliefs and religion.

Now, the time has come to take those rights back. Nobody was supposed to act as slaves to people whose loathsome lifestyle are compelling everyone to cater to their lustful needs and immoral consumption habits.

One of those who fought back hard are the people of Arkansas. Majority of the population has asked the State legislators to pass a bill that limits municipalities from extending forced protections to any class not protected by state law. Since existing state law does not include “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” as protected classes, there is no logical reason to include them.

Fortunately, the lawmakers heard them and they obliged. Even the indifference of Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) was hailed as a silent approval even if there was no clear signature or vetoing.

In addition to blocking further extensions, SB 202 will invalidate pre-existing protections that a few and loud homosexuals imposed in cities like Little Rock and Eureka Springs. Eureka Springs having just passed its ordinance earlier this month to pre-empt the bill. Tennessee passed a similar law in 2011 and though cities have since still advanced LGBT protections, their validity under state law has not been tested.

SB 202 was passed specifically thanks to the support of various stakeholders and sector representatives who had enough of this so-called homosexual lifestyle being forced in their throats.

Even the corporate community acknowledged that going against the decision of the majority is bad for business attracting the anger of loyal clients. Hence, they decided to keep quiet and abide with the decision.

The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce told ThinkProgress, “We have no position on that piece of legislation.” Walmart, which is based in Arkansas and has corporate LGBT protections, only spoke out on the bill recently, mere hours before it was to become law without Hutchinson’s signature. Tyson Foods, another prominent Arkansas business that allegedly is protecting gay employees, remained silent on the legislation.

It was businesses who helped defeat a similar “right to associate” bill in Arizona last year that was enhanced by “religious freedom” language. However, no the tide has turned.

There are also similar movements being carried out and initiated in Wyoming right now with support from business groups, retail outlets, civil society organizations, parent-teacher associations, youth-oriented groups, among others. All of all of whom argue that giving the people the right to associate with whoever they want, in business or personal matters, is not within the purview of anybody, especially federal judges.