Republican state legislatures: Guns, gays, and forced child-bearing

Forget DC, we need to clean these houses:

Ms. Baker said that a new frontier in gun rights involves laws that let people over 21 carry concealed weapons without permits. In West Virginia, Republican lawmakers passed such a law this month after overriding a veto from the Democratic governor, Earl Ray Tomblin. In Georgia, Republican legislators passed a bill allowing people over 21 to carry concealed weapons onto public college and university campuses. Mr. Deal has indicated that he has concerns about the bill but has not said definitively if he will veto it.

That's a new "frontier" all right, one where walking out your front door exposes you to dangers not evident in most civilized societies. I wonder what twisted logic NC's concealed-carry advocates will cook up to explain this away? You know, the ones who are always harping about how "well-trained" these people must be to obtain said permit. Put your gun away for the moment, so we can see how these intrepid Republican legislators are protecting you from Teh Gays:

The sweeping bill passed on a 31-to-17 vote. If signed, it will let government clerks decline to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples as long as they have found another official to issue them. Among many other things, schools and employers could put in place sex-specific dress standards. The Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group, argues that the bill would allow faith-based organizations to refuse to sell or rent a home to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and allow foster families to subject gay children to widely discredited “conversion therapy” techniques.

Bolding mine. That's right, Mississippi is going after those evil pants-wearing females. Just to be clear, this is not the Onion, and it damned sure isn't funny. It's bad enough to allow schools to make their students wear uniforms; skirts (below the knees) for the girls, pants for the boys. But employers? That's just insane.

We'll finish with abortion, and pay close attention to the irony towards the end:

Many other state abortion laws have ultimately been challenged in federal court. This week, a federal judge struck down part of an Alabama law that forced doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges in local hospitals.

But the continued passage of such measures is encouraging to social conservatives who are otherwise worried about the Republican Party. Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, said Tuesday that the party “is at risk of coming apart at the seams.”

Successive waves of socially conservative state laws, he said, have been helped along by the Tea Party movement that swept many conservative candidates into state government in 2010.

With subsequent Republican-guided legislative redistricting, he said, “You’ve got much more conservative state legislatures that are more reflective, really, of the constituency.’’

That's right, the creative and majority-stifling process of Republican gerrymandering is more reflective of the constituency. It takes a really twisted mind to come to that conclusion, and Perkins has Republicans eating out of his hand.

Progressive and Democratic donors need to spend *at least* as much money on state races as they do on Congressional/Presidential races. If you're not convinced of that, ask yourself the following: "Where is the most damage being done?" The answer is obvious.

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