The Missouri Senate passed a measure its supporters characterize as a religious freedom bill that could change the state's constitution despite Democrats' objections, and their hour filibuster. Without these protections, LGBT people across the United States lack clear recourse and redress when they are fired, evicted, or refused service because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Martin's Press. The cops with the [nightsticks] and the kick line on the other side. June 16, Commentary. View comments
And inPresident Barack Obama signed into law a new hate crime act.
As LGBT rights come under renewed assault at the federal level, they have also come under attack in state legislatures. The Advocate. In this context, these laws function first and foremost as a license to discriminate, signaling that discrimination against LGBT people is acceptable in the state.
All of a sudden there were police there and we were told to all get in lines and to have our identification ready to be led out of the bar.