Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Gosh, the voters were wrong?

A year ago the city council of Fayetteville, Arkansas approved a comprehensive LGBT right bill. The Duggar family (I'll let you Google Josh Duggar on your own) spearheaded a vicious campaign and voters overturned the ordinance. This year the city council tried again. This time voters ratified the ordinance 52.8% to 47.2%, even though our side was outspent 2 to 1. It will go into effect on Nov. 7, giving opponents enough time for a legal challenge. Strange that this bunch used to say the voters should decide. Now the challenge what voters decided. The ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and in public accommodation because of sexual orientation and gender identity. Alas, there is still the detail of a state law that bans such city ordinances.

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Brian Mason, a deputy clerk under Kim Davis, has said he would continue to issue marriage licenses even if Davis tells him not to. Commenters wonder if Mason would be fired for insubordination, though he could respond with a wrongful termination suit. We haven't heard directly from Davis because she took the rest of the week off after being released from jail.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has now passed her great grandmother Queen Victoria to become the longest serving British monarch at 63 years, 216 days. Since she is only 89 and her mother died at age 101 she may still have many years ahead of her. Britain is rejoicing, except perhaps for Prince Charles, who has been heir apparent for 63 years, 216 days.

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