South Dakota Lawmakers Have Advanced Three Anti-LGBT Bills in the Past WeekBy Adam Polaski • February 4, 2016 • 10:36 am
Yesterday in South Dakota, lawmakers from the House State Affairs Committee voted to advance H.B. 1007 and H.B. 1112, two bills that seek to chip away at gains the LGBT community has made in the past several years. The bills, respectively, would allow businesses and individuals to use religion as a reason to discriminate against LGBT people, and ban any transgender-inclusive policy in South Dakota high schools. The movement on these bills comes just a week after legislators advanced H.B 1008, a bill that restricts transgender students from using restrooms and facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
Freedom for All Americans is working with state and national partners to drive attention to the discriminatory legislation in South Dakota, and to send the message that South Dakota – and the entire nation – must continue to move forward, and never backward.
Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement on the slate of dangerous legislation:
“Today South Dakota legislators took an enormous step backwards by voting to advance two dangerous bills that would exacerbate the discrimination that LGBT people face in their state, including a bill that targets transgender students specifically. It is egregious for lawmakers to support a bill that would single out transgender children in schools and make it nearly impossible for them to participate in activities that should be part of every child’s educational experience. No person should live in fear of discrimination at school, at work, or anywhere else. These harmful bills should be stopped as soon as possible.”