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February 1, 2020

It’s No Exaggeration: Sweeping South Dakota Bill Aims to Eliminate LGBTQ Rights

The attempt for the theocracy take over forcing all people to live by evangelical Christian dogma / doctrine.  

It’s No Exaggeration: Sweeping South Dakota Bill Aims to Eliminate LGBTQ Rights

Here’s what they’re proposing:

The state may not enforce, endorse, or favor policies that:

(1) Permit any form of marriage that does not involve a man and a woman;

(2) Appropriate benefits to persons who enter a marriage other than a marriage involving a man and a woman;

(3) Permit counties to issue marriage licenses to persons other than for a marriage involving a man and a woman;

(4) Treat sexual orientation as a suspect class or as a basis of prohibited discrimination;

(5) Recognize a person’s belief that that person was born a gender that does not accord with the biological sex of the person as determined by that person’s anatomy at birth;

(6) Appropriate tax dollars to pay for sex change operations;

(7) Ban conversion therapy. Under this subdivision, conversion therapy, means a therapeutic practice in which a licensed medical professional, acting under authorized consent, assists a client in the goal or realigning the client’s sexual preference to prefer members of the opposite sex who have corresponding reproductive anatomy;

(8) Permit public libraries or public schools in the state to partner with nonsecular organizations to promote, host, sponsor, favor, or endorse drag queen storytime;

(9) Mandate pronoun changes;

(10) Condone or affirm homosexual, transgender, zoophilia, objectophilia, polygamy, or sexual orientation doctrines; and

(11) Permit a person to change the sex on a birth certificate to a sex that does not accord with that person’s anatomy at birth.

In other words, the bill prohibits policies that make any part of LGBTQ people’s lives safer or more just. It sanctions bigotry by refusing to recognize that anti-LGBTQ discrimination should be against the law, then goes on to prohibit nearly every form of legislation that might decrease that discrimination in any way.

It’s not just the substance of the bill that makes it aggressively anti-LGBTQ either. It’s the vicious language used. Same-sex couples and trans people seeking gender-affirming surgery aren’t receiving benefits; they’re “appropriating” them. LGBTQ-friendly beliefs are conflated with “zoophilia, objectophilia, and polygamy” (which is, for non-monogamous people, an entirely separate can of worms).

It’s every trick in the anti-gay playbook all wrapped up in one handy bill.

On top of it all, HB 1215 isn’t the only anti-LGBTQ legislation to be introduced in the South Dakota legislature. HB 1057 targets doctors who specialize in care for young trans people by essentially outlawing trans health care for minors, including potentially life-saving puberty blockers and hormone treatments.

8 Comments »

  1. This is awful news!! Just another example of the hate Trump has set loose on the nation. I’m near tears thinking about all the other horrible shite he’s going to cause. I wish I knew how you woke people up.

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    Comment by appletonavenue — February 1, 2020 @ 13:39

    • Hello appletonavenue. I agree and understand. I am seeing this country return to the bigotry and violent hate of 60 / 70 years ago. If tRump and his cult get their way the country will go back in time to the 1800’s. The only ones with rights will be white male landowners. They want to enshire Christian doctrine into law, along with misogyny and racism. They are installing a thug mentality in all levels of government. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 1, 2020 @ 13:58

  2. Hi Scottie;
    I find that I really feel so sad for these politicians that feel so weak in their own identity and orientation that they can’t handle someone showing anything different and forcing them to further question their own. And, these parents that are unable to model and explain their own position and love their child as they come to understand and embrace their developing self, really need help. Maybe the state could offer them some help?

    Hugs;

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    Comment by randy — February 2, 2020 @ 06:04

    • Hello Randy. I agree. I think some of these religious leaders think more about male on male sex than gay guys do. I feel sorry for the kids. I remember what this kind of hate and bigotry did to me growing up, and it is harder to get away from if you are in a family of one of these religious groups. The seem not to care about the kid, only their rhetoric. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 2, 2020 @ 06:27

  3. Well, this bill is extremely unfortunate. Among other things, it is conflating a bunch of issues that to my mind are totally unrelated. What does same sex civil marriage between two consenting adults have to due with people being forced to use certain pronouns which to my mind is a free speech issue? I think there is legitimate concern about giving young kids puberty blockers and same sex hormones which present health risks to children under the age of mature and informed consent. Many have expressed a concern that more than a few of these kids would have desisted from identification with the opposite sex once through puberty and may very well have come to identify as gay or lesbian. But, this all gets mixed up with something like concern about a drag queen reading to kids in the library. I don’t know who on earth cobbled it altogether. 😦 Lord have mercy!!

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    Comment by Becky — February 2, 2020 @ 07:08

    • Hello Becky. While I agree that the bill conflates several things not related I have to disagree with you on some of the subjects you address. The pronoun issue is not a free speech issue as it is addressing if people in authority can misslable someone just because they want to. Take teachers, do they have the right to call a boy miss because they do not want to use Mr. You go to a government office and the person you are dealing with insists on calling you Sir, or Mr when you are a woman. So this is not about what pronouns the average person uses.

      Your information on puberty blockers is wrong. There is no harm because all they do is to prevent the body reacting to the hormones produced during puberty. The hormones are still produced but the body is blocked from using them to start changing the body. If stopped puberty simply starts again. So if a young person takes them before puberty they can stop at any time and only have a delayed puberty. The reason puberty blockers are needed is that other wise you are forcing someone who is going to develop the characteristics of the wrong gender. Once those characteristics start they are really hard if not impossible to reverse or overcome. A trans woman doesn’t want to look like a man, a trans man doesn’t want to look like a woman. This is an important self esteem issue. Sexual hormones are not given to kids, that makes no sense. However you seem to be under the impression that these things are just taken when someone feels like it. It takes years of doctors and diagnosis before anyone gets to that point. This really is an issue I would have to put faith in the advice of the medical professional. But they are never given to kids, they are sometimes given to older teens who doctors have determined has gender dysphoria. This is informed consent by people who understand what they are doing.

      As to who and why this bill was put forward, that is easy. Republican Christians who want to force the entire country to live by the doctrines of their church and to have the bigotries they do. Be well. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — February 2, 2020 @ 09:22

  4. The bill was withdrawn by the sponsor, it is DEAD!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Jess Mee — February 26, 2020 @ 17:32


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