Last updated on 2014.02.05
Josie Weiland isn't the only South Dakota expressing disgust with the bullying, anti-civil rights Senate Bill 128. Also expressing outrage at SB 128 is Josie's uncle, Rick Weiland, who happens to be running for Senate. Here's what Uncle Rick says in this morning's press release:
...here is what I said to a joint Caucus of my party at our State Capitol just after learning of this latter day Jim Crow legislation.
"As a candidate for Federal office I normally would not weigh in on a bill in front of our State Legislature, but SB 128 is so offensive, so extreme, so potentially damaging to our state, and to every person in it, that it must be opposed."
If you are gay or lesbian, and you walk into a business run by someone who objects to your sexual orientation, you will be refused service if this bill is enacted.
Substitute the words 'gender' or 'race' for the words, 'sexual orientation,' and a bill otherwise identical to this one would legalize discrimination against African Americans, Native Americans and women [Rick Weiland, press release, 2014.02.03].
Just as outrageous as SB 128 itself is the silence of Weiland's Senate campaign opponents on this effort to cloak rank discrimination and bigotry in Christian faith:
Incredibly, at least two of my five Republican opponents for South Dakota's United States Senate seat support this terrible legislation, and the other three, as of this writing, have made no comment about it despite my specific public request that they do so [Weiland, 2014.02.03].
Josie, if your friends are mad about Senate Bill 128, you'd better tell them to get down to the courthouse, register to vote, and come out in November to vote for your uncle Rick and all the other Democrats who will defend everyone's civil rights.