That is the only word we could use to describe the bill put forth on the Senate floor on Wednesday by Spartanburg Sen. Lee Bright that would block local governments from passing anti-discrimination ordinances covering the use of public bathrooms by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
The Upstate senator is taking his cue from a similar law passed by the North Carolina legislature in March – a law that has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Tar Heel State. In response to the bill, several large corporations such as PayPal have pledged to pull their business out of the state.
Bright now wants to stoke those flames here in the Palmetto State.
"I've about had enough of this," Bright said. "I mean, years ago we kept talking about tolerance, tolerance, and tolerance, and now they want men who claim to be women to be able to go into bathrooms with children. And you got corporations who say this is okay."
To us, this bill largely appears to be a solution in search of a problem. Whether you believe it or like it, you’ve likely already been in a bathroom used by a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender individual.
Why the sudden need for this bill? Also, and more importantly, how in the world would this bill even been enforced if it were to become law?
Thankfully, Gov. Nikki Haley has already signaled that Bright’s bill is not even necessary because of a religious liberty bill passed by the state in 1999.
"What I will tell you is in South Carolina, we are blessed because we don’t have to mandate respect or kindness or responsibility in this state," Haley said. "And so I’ll tell you that law has worked perfectly. I don’t know of any example that we’ve had a problem on and South Carolina is going to continue to focus on ethics and on roads and on jobs and on all of those things because we think we’ve got that part covered."
You’re right on the money, governor. We don’t legislate or mandate respect or kindness or responsibility in South Carolina. These are traits born into every South Carolinian. Bright’s bill flies in the face of that Southern Hospitality.
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