Saturday, March 25, 2017
Surprise! Oklahoma Legislature Kills Two Anti-LGBT Bills
It's not often we get good news regarding LGBTs in Oklahoma.
But this past Thursday, the Republican-controlled state Senate voted down a bill that would have blocked local municipalities from passing their own ordinances that would protect LGBTs from housing and employment discrimination.
Oklahoma has no statewide protections for LGBT citizens.
Republican state Sen. Josh Brecheen, who authored the bill, said his intent was to protect the "sincerely held religious beliefs" of Oklahomans. But the state Senate gave the legislation a thumbs down by a vote of 25-18.
Clearly those lawmakers have seen what happened over in North Carolina and Indiana when anti-LGBT laws were passed.
A second measure, which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTs, was withdrawn after Brecheen's bill went down.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 8:15 AM