The Monday deadline for Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto the insidious “right to discriminate” bill has come and gone, and it has officially become law in the Natural State.
That means that cities and counties in Arkansas have been banned from passing ordinances to protect LGBT people.
State Senator Bart Hester, who proposed the bill, claimed that gay people are equal enough in the state of Arkansas. They do, after all, have the same right to marry someone of the opposite sex that heterosexual people have.
For those of you who have enjoyed not knowing who Bart Hester is, allow me to ruin your day:
Hester believes that LGBT activists have singled him out because he is married to a woman:
It couldn’t be that he has been busy trying to pass anti-gay laws. No, we’re all upset and jealous because he’s straight. So straight. 100 percent heterosexual. No funny business going on at all. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.
This is a terrible blow to the LGBT people of Arkansas. This was a pointless bill that only serves to remind an already vulnerable community that their government sees them as second-class citizens.
As for Asa Hutchinson, it appears that he got over his concern about the “loss of local control.”
H/T: Washington Post