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Focus to Colorado: 'Speak now or forever hold your pee'

by Jeremy Hooper

Images-14There is a long overdue piece of legislation that has passed both the House and Senate in the state of Colorado. Labeled the "Expansion of Discrimination Prohibitions" bill, the measure would update current laws so that they prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing practices, public accommodation, jury service, family planning services, etc. Also, to appease the fears of the religious community and to stop them from using their typical "it tramples on religious freedom argument," the measure specifically points out that "nothing in this act is intended to impede or otherwise limit the protections contained in section 4 of article II of the state constitution concerning the free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship." So it is not "against" anyone -- it is clearly designed to protect all citizens from both blatant and more casual acts of discrimination in the public sector, which is something any fair and decent community would strive to do.

Well, leave it to Focus on the Family to ignore what the measure would actually do and what the bill's language actually says, and to instead foster fears that under the new protections, poor, defenseless heterosexuals are going to be led to a breathless state of frightened exasperation by "predatory" "men in a dresses":

[*be sure to also note the pointed use of the word "DemocRAT" (noun) rather than "Democratic" (adjective)]

And just like that, they have further justified the need for such legislation. We really should send them (a) a thank you cards for the support they unwittingly throw to our side, (b) a primer on why their cruel misrepresentations of a certain population sect are not a justifiable basis for denying that community their basic protections, and (c) a pamphlet on the dangers of holding in one's waste.

Colorado Legislation 'Tramples Religious Freedoms' [CitizenLink]

**For more, check out Autumn Sandeen's post over at Pam's House Blend.

**Also, compare this ad with the ridiculous marriage-centric ones these folks keep running in various states. Same voiceover, same structure, same theme of children harassment. If you ask us, their ad agency could really use some new blood!

**You can read the entire text of the bill after the jump:

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Your thoughts

Bwaaaaaa-haaahahaah!!! Thanks FOF. This only makes you look like a bunch of nutjobs. Because, of course, that's what is happening EVERYWHERE a sexual orientation and gender identity bill passes. A stampede of men in dresses going to use the potty at elementary schools! Gosh, those hall monitors have their work cut out for them!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have an actual job to do that doesn't involve making lying or fear-mongering.

Posted by: Andrew Williams | May 22, 2008 11:15:23 AM

They're trying to hit two issues with the same hammer. Not only attempting to kill this bill, but also sling some shit toward the Democrats who control the legislature at the same time. Could be a good thing – they may be running out of cash to fund their misleading attack ads, so they need the ads to do double-duty.

Posted by: Dick Mills | May 22, 2008 11:50:03 AM

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