LGBTQ communityA recent story in the Chicago Sun Times reports “In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBTQ rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory.”

Even though we have an administration that is more anti-LGBTQ than any I can remember, lawmakers in some states are concerned of losing millions, even billions of dollars if they enact anti-LGBTQ legislation. They saw what happened in North Carolina and Indiana after passing such legislation and they don’t want the same thing to happen to their states.

I have a question mark about whether or not this is good news. It sure looks like good news even though I’d prefer lawmakers to back off for better reasons. The more states that back off this hateful legislation, the better. I just wonder how long it will last. It seems expedient now. And I fear that they will all return with new laws if the Supreme Court decides for the baker in the Colorado case.

People seem emboldened to showing their prejudices and hate for the LGBTQ community. What would really be good news is if the Supreme Court finds against the baker and those same states that were backing off of anti-LGBTQ legislation would go totally in the other direction and create legislation to protect the LGBTQ community and their rights to fair housing, accommodations, and safe work environments. When we start to see that at the state level, maybe we’ll be able to pass protections at the federal level, where it is really needed.

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