Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Democrats respond to HB 1107 and HB 1112: Dark Ages not the answer to transgender, cultural angst.
Sioux Falls, SD (February 10, 2016)-
The South Dakota Democratic Party criticized House Republicans this week for passing two discriminatory measures aimed at enforcing archaic social mores.
HB 1107 eliminates the government’s ability to protect members of the public from discriminatory actions of employers and/or service providers. For example, the legislation would allow a business owner to fire an employee for simply being gay or engaging in premarital sex.
HB 1112 establishes a biological determinant for gender identification and overturns any South Dakota High School Activity Association policy governing transgender participation. It’s just the latest attack on transgender rights. Earlier this session, House Republicans passed HB 1008 preventing transgender students from using bathrooms and facilities consistent with their gender identity.
“It’s clear. This isn’t about small or limited government. It’s about reactionary out-of-state interest groups trying to drag South Dakota into the Dark Ages. Empathy and compassion are South Dakota values, not intolerance and hate,” Ewald concluded.