Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Oklahoma anti-gay bill accidentally becomes anti-church bill.

From Raw Story:
They meant to make it easier to discriminate against gays, but instead they passed a bill making it easier to discriminate against Christians and other religious groups.

The Oklahoma Senate two weeks ago voted in favor of a bill that it thought was going to reduce protections for gay people by allowing local law enforcement agencies to ignore the expanded hate crimes law passed by the US Congress last year.

But, as the University of Oklahoma's Oklahoma Daily reported last week, the Oklahoma bill cited the wrong clause in the federal code, and instead prevented law enforcement from upholding laws against hate crimes based on religion, race or ethnicity.

Eliminating protection for religious groups is pretty much the exact opposite of what the bill's supporters had intended.

"The bill in its current form doesn't take away rights from gays and lesbians," state Senate Minority Leader Andrew Rice told Oklahoma Daily. "It takes away rights for religion and race."

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