Rep. Fred Deutsch (R-4/Deutsch) insists that, if he wins reëlection to the House, he’ll bring some new and improved form of his paranoid potty bill, the anti-transgender discrimination that Governor Dennis Daugaard wisely vetoed this Session. Rep. Deutsch says he’ll look to North Carolina as a model.
Yes, Fred, let’s:
PayPal on Tuesday canceled plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte, North Carolina and invest $3.6 million in the area after the state passed a controversial law targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens.
The digital payment company’s protest is the first by a major business after North Carolina became the first state last month to enact a measure requiring people to use bathrooms or locker rooms in schools and other public facilities that match the gender on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.
The law, which overturned a Charlotte city ordinance, was widely interpreted as an attack on LGBT rights. State lawmakers also voted to prohibit local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman said in a statement [“PayPal Pulls $3.6M North Carolina Plan After Transgender Law,” Reuters via MSNBC, 2016.04.06].
It’s already so hard to recruit businesses to South Dakota that Rep. Deutsch and the Legislature gives the Governor $46 million in GOED mad money just to entice companies to the prairie. Raising the banner of discrimination and spite even higher will only make our economic development challenges harder.
Fred Deutsch and the Republican Party: willing to tank South Dakota’s economy in the name of bigotry.