Yeah, this really happened. The chair of a party attacking LGBTQ rights at the local, state and federal level issued a Pride Month tweet. The reaction to the hypocrisy is about what you’d expect.

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The Arkansas Republican State Committee should censure Ronna McDaniel for defying the party’s platform of LGBT discrimination.

Consider. The Arkansas majority-Republican legislature has banned local civil rights protections for gay people; created a pretext of religion for discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public services; passed not one, but two, laws banning sports participation by transgender females; prohibited gender-affirming care for children; refuses to repeal a same-sex marriage prohibition; refuses to repeal the unconstitutional state law on sodomy; has had members describe LGBT people on the floor of the legislature, without pushback, as abominations; passed an explicitly anti-LGBT resolution;  defeated a hate crime bill because it protected LGBT people; took control of school curriculum related to sexual issues to allow parents to keep students from hearing about them, and, well, those will do for starters.

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OK, Rep. Mary Bentley tried, but failed in her mean proposal to require teachers to refer to children by names on birth certificates, not names they have adopted. And a bid to allow insurance companies and health providers to refuse service to LGBT people came up short, too.

Fairness? A balance of protections? Barnyard waste is more like it.,

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Chasten Buttigieg, spouse of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, had a sharp retort: