The last dying breath of the right-wing’s war against LGBTQ people has manifested in state-based laws to outlaw local anti-discrimination ordinances. Seth Meyers explained on Wednesday’s “Late Night” that after the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, the response was more than a cop busting a move at a gay pride event.
Right-wing activists like Kim Davis tried to refuse to do her job, but when that didn’t work, states tried other measures. Indiana passed a so-called “religious freedom” bill, essentially legalizing discrimination, the negative reaction was so huge “Georgia must have seen the backlash and said, ‘Yeah! We should get in on that!” Meyers joked.
Georgia’s bill was so broadly written it would have qualified notorious right-wing companies like Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby as “faith-based institutions,” enabling them to fire people for their sexual orientation. State Senator Emanuel Jones confronted the Georgia bill’s author, Greg Kirk, with the broad description, asking if it would also allow protections for the KKK as a “faith-based institution.” Kirk’s response was, “I’m not an attorney” and “I don’t know. I guess they could.” When asked if that was a problem for him, Kirk had a hard time answering. “Does it present a problem for me? No,” he ultimately answered.
“First of all, anytime you take that long of a pause to answer a question you’re already in trouble,” Meyers said. “Second of all, what’s with Republicans suddenly getting stumped by questions about the KKK? It’s like getting the round one question wrong on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire.'”
While Georgia’s governor vetoed the so-called “religious freedom” bill after companies threatened to move their jobs to other more welcoming states, North Carolina has not had the same response. Gov. Pat McCrory signed his pro-discrimination bill. “It actually overturns a non-discrimination ordinance passed last month by the city of Charlotte,” Meyers said.
Meyers then ran two MSNBC clips which quoted The Charlotte Observer which compared McCrory to segregationists like George Wallace, Orval Faubus and Ross Barnett. “That’s how bad this law is,” Meyers said. “North Carolina’s newspapers have to reach for deep cut segregationists like Ross Barnett and Orval Faubus. Even if you don’t know who Orval Faubus is, you can just tell from his name he was a hardcore racist. Orval Faubus is the name of someone who at one point definitely said, ‘Well, well, well. What do we have here?'”
Then he really let them have it, attacking the “bathroom bills” which mandate that your assigned gender at birth be the bathroom you use. “Laws like these legalize discrimination,” he asserted. “And not only that, they could also make police officers a lot less fun.”
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