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On the religion-gay issue

I just released my column for tomorrow on HB1228, the religious conscience bill that outrages the gay and lesbian movement, after inserting a few hedging phrases in concession to a bit of morning buzz.

I am told that Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who has committed to signing the bill, has this morning become interested in Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s idea to “clarify” his state’s similar new law, presumably by another measure to assert that the new law does not conflict with anyone’s civil rights.

The talk this morning was whether to put such an amendment on the Arkansas bill, still awaiting a final concurring vote in the House of Representatives, and on whether it would make any difference — either politically or to protesting gays and lesbians or on substance.

Arkansas has no civil rights protections for gays and lesbians and, in fact, just enacted a crazy and hateful law denying local governments the authority to enact any on their own.

My column in the morning will deal with timing, context and perspective and conclude that Arkansas is the worst in regard to timing, context and perspective.

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  1. I look forward to reading your column tomorrow. I have to add that it is not just “the Gay and Lesbian movement who are outraged about HB1228”. In fact there is no movement, just normal people trying to make sure that their civil rights exist just like every citizen of the US is entitled to have. As for who is outraged, that would be all people who have compassion, all people who believe everyone is created equal, all people who view differences in people as special and worthwhile, all people who put love ahead of everything, all people who actually learned something from their education, all people who are not Christian religious extremists, all people who understand that discrimination is wrong, all those who believe religion has no place in Government, all people who understand the Bible is a learning tool with parables or fables, all people who believe we should treat others as we wish to be treated and more. I am a married woman with four children, I am straight, I was raised Catholic, I have a bachelors degree, I am a transplant to NWA and I am beyond angry & disappointed that any discriminatory laws even exist or that anyone is trying to create laws that discriminate. Our country should have learned from our past mistakes that discrimination is wrong even if it comes cloaked in religion.

    Denise Pecoraro

    30 Mar 15 at 3:20 pm

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