A Washington state Senator and 11 other Republicans introduced a bill that would legalize discrimination towards gay people.
Sen. Sharon Brown, along with her republican cohorts, believes that she has the right to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender individuals based on “sincerely held religious beliefs” or “matters of conscience.”
The bill seeks to undermine current laws that protect people from being discriminated against based on sex, religion or disability. Brown argues that being gay or transgender does not fall under any of the categories, so discrimination towards LGBT people is fair game.
The bill proposes:
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The right to act or refuse to act in a manner motivated by a sincerely held religious belief, philosophical belief, or matter of conscience may not be burdened unless the government proves that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing the specific act or refusal to act and has used the least restrictive means to further that interest.
Brown claims that the measure protects religious organizations and people “burdened” by the fact that gay people simply exist.
“There’s a glaring lack of protection for religion in state law,” she told the Associated Press, apparently neglecting that pesky little point about a complete separation of church and state.
Brown also seems to neglect other Biblical teachings that could be justified according to “sincerely held” religious beliefs. One (of many, many Biblical laws violated daily, and rightly so) that Brown herself seems to ignore is in Timothy 2:11 that “no woman [shall] teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent." If she is justified in her defiance of the Bible, then why are gays not justified as well?