Thursday, January 26, 2012

Annals of Asshattery – Continued

There are always plenty of little stories to pick up here and there about some outrageously stupid right-winger going off the rails (see below), but this one made me laugh out loud when I first read it.

A bill has been sponsored by Rep. Frank Sapareto (R-Derry) in the New Hampshire legislature that would allow businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians “for religious or conscience reasons.”

The bill would put an exemption in state marriage law. The proposed text says no person, including a business owner or employee, should be required to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods or privileges for wedding services in “violation of the person’s conscience or religious faith.”

The bill also would protect against lawsuits arising from refusal to provide those services.

Sapareto acknowledged the sponsors oppose gay marriage. “Our definition of marriage is heterosexual,” he said.

Sapareto has drawn personal criticism because of the bill. He said he’s been called a bigot for raising the issue. “They’re completely intolerant,” Sapareto said of opponents.

He’s the guy sponsoring the bill that would enact discrimination and his opponents are the “intolerant” ones?

Joe at Joe. My. God notes, “Sapareto is preparing a companion bill granting the right to discriminate against darkies.”