Our Opinion: Laws' precedence depends on power


North Carolina's shameful pro-discrimination law also provides an example of how government can be corrupted by political expedience (see editorial above.)

The law enshrining discrimination against LGBT citizens came in response to a Charlotte municipal ordinance protecting LGBT residents from discrimination. Republican House Majority Leader Mike Hager haughtily declared that the Legislature must "make sure that the cities and counties do what they're supposed to be doing." That apparently includes providing a license for harassment of those who don't achieve right-wing norms. Legislatures in Tennessee and Arkansas have passed similar laws overriding gay rights ordinances passed by municipalities.

Republican dogma on whose laws take precedence — federal, state or local — tends to vary based on where Republicans are in charge at the time. Congressional dissenters of the harebrained policies of President George W. Bush were branded as traitors by Republicans, but with a Democrat now in the White House, those same Republican hypocrites automatically oppose every presidential initiative.

The North Carolina law is an example of "an evil virus" sickening the country, as described by guitarist Steven Van Zandt after Bruce Springsteen and his E Street band canceled a concert in the state. If that virus is fought economically, Republican phonies will be forced to take notice.


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