Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Veto: It's latin for 'screw that'

Unfamiliar like Twitter, low-riding
dungarees and all that swearing on TV.
Hey, lookit, Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia is going to veto that anti-gay horseshit, House Bill 757. Good for him, and-huh? No, you're thinking of House Bill 2 in North Carolina, and we'll talk about that malarkey some other time. Georgia's HB 757 was a totally different-well not totally different, I mean they're both crazy knee-jerk responses by white conservatives afraid of the unfamiliar, but it was more about religious liberty than people's bathroom assignments.

The law would have given faith-based organizations legal cover to refuse service to LGBT people. You know, on the count of Jesus and all that stuff he said about the gays (source: nowhere in the Bible, like at all, so shut up).
"And yea, thou shalt not do any gay stuff, unless it's just a
 couple of bros helping each other out. Then it's cool."

Why can't politicians be more like
corporations and-oh, wait... 
Anyway, in an outwardly progressive move, Governor Deal announced that he intends to veto the bill. Cool, right? Yes and the move almost certainly has nothing to do with the massive outcry from both the public and corporations. Disney, Apple, the NFL and a bunch of others came out against the bill and some even suggested that they might take business out of the state should the bill pass. You know, because corporations make business decisions based on altruism and not because siding with the red state shit-merchants behind this bill would piss off their key 18-35 year old demographic.

So just another politician bowing to corporate interests...or is it? No. Here comes the dramatic twist: in his remarks, Governor Deal says that while both proponents and opponents of the bill put pressure on him, he made the decision to veto the bill because the Government should back off when it comes to religion. 

Above: a unicorn?
"In light of our history, I find it ironic that today some in the religious community feel it necessary to ask the government to confer upon them certain rights and protections. If indeed our religious liberty is conferred by God and not by man-made government, we should heed the "hands-off" admonition of the First Amendment to our Constitution. When legislative bodies attempt to do otherwise, the inclusions and omissions in their statutes can lead to discrimination, even though it may be unintentional. That is too great a risk to take."

and yes, he really is a Republican, but 
we're still waiting on the Cylon test

Wai-what? A Republican using the separation of Church and State argument to stick up for the LGBT community? Hey, how come if they have this guy they're running Donald Trump and Ted Cruz? Ok, don't get too excited, he did sign a crazy gun law and tried to ban Syrian refugees from Georgia, but at least the GOP has a few members left who can spot a shitty law for what it is. Unless this really was all about Disney shooting Avengers 3 somewhere else.
"Huh? No, no, no, this is about doing the right thing, swear to God. Incidentally, if Marvel 
is looking for someone to play Thanos...what? Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura did it..."

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