It ain't right.
-- EqSD PAC board member Gary Snow,
quoting his father's response when asked why
he helped others faced with injustice.
The vote went down today in the House Health and Human Services Committee, after straightforward and honest testimony from the "for" side, and frankly, dishonest and distracting testimony from the likes of the South Dakota Family Policy Council, Concerned Women of America, and one our favorites -- political money-launderer Rep. Roger Hunt.
On the plus side, their testimony showed how shrill and desperate those that fight LGBT equality are sounding. It's just a matter of time until we will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Don't believe me? Listen to the testimony yourself... (here's a link that works better for Macs - skip to about 1:53)
The hearing basically juxtaposed:
Hypothetical dreamed-up nightmare scenarios of scary psycho poop-obsessed transvestites lurking in restrooms (these were so icky, and so far-fetched you wonder about the minds that came up with them, I mean really).
Reasoned, reality-based presentation of facts from a Republican legislator, a psychologist, a legal professional, and a Methodist minister.
Details on the vote:
MOTION: DO PASS HB 1144
Moved by: Nygaard
Second by: Blake
Action: Was not acted on.
MOTION: SUBSTITUTE MOTION TO TABLE HB 1144
Moved by: Boomgarden
Second by: Jensen (no surprise there)
Action: Prevailed by roll call vote. (8-4-1-0)
Voting Yes: Boomgarden, Conzet, Curd, Jensen, Moser, Romkema, Rave, Pitts
Voting No: Blake, Lucas, Nygaard, Vanderlinde
Excused: Iron Cloud III
I'm off to Pierre tomorrow to hear about the future of this and other initiatives for Equality in South Dakota.
I am so looking forward to thanking these wonderful, courageous legislators who voted to keep the bill alive at EqSD's legislative reception.
Please thank them, too, (you can use the links on their names below), and PLEASE help them get re-elected:
These legislators, on the other hand, really should be ashamed of themselves for having such a low opinion of their constituents that they caved to the SDFPC's talking points...
Sadly, although the bill had quite a few Republican sponsors, this was a straight party-line vote in the House Health and Human Services committee. It's a shame, because this is not a partisan issue.
Which reminds me ... EqSD PAC is still looking for Republicans that are committed to supporting liberty (not just talking about it)!