A case in Missouri illustrates precisely the evil of legislative efforts by Sen. Bart Hester, Rep. Bob Ballinger and others — including, in his acquiescence, Gov. Asa Hutchinson — to preserve legal discrimination against gay people.

This could very easily happen in Arkansas under laws they have passed and the lack of existing protection in law, except in certain cities that Hester wants to tear down, for gay people. From Vox:

A gay man in Missouri said his coworkers called him a “cocksucker.” They asked him if he had AIDS. They harassed him for having a boyfriend, and made fun of him when he and his boyfriend broke up. And he was ultimately fired.

But, as ThinkProgress’s Zack Ford reported, the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday decided this was all totally legal, and dismissed James Pittman’s lawsuit against his former employer, Cook Paper Recycling Corp. “Because the Missouri Human Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” the court’s majority concluded, “we affirm the circuit court’s judgment dismissing Pittman’s petition for failure to state a claim.”

To be clear, this would all be explicitly illegal if Pittman was black or a woman and his coworkers mocked him and his employer fired him over his race or sex. But Missouri doesn’t have explicit legal workplace protections for sexual orientation. And Missouri is not alone — the federal government and 27 other states don’t have such laws.

Arkansas is one of the states.

In a weird exchange on Twitter last night, Hester indicated it was punishing to him as a matter of faith if gay people were extended equal rights. .


The American Taliban is at work. They want their way to be law and they want removal from the public square and discourse of any who disagree.