Via email from hate group leader Tony Perkins:
If Republicans want the Left to leave them alone, Governor Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) has a pretty foolproof plan: Don’t back down. The Big Sky leader has been signing so many good bills lately that his hand must be tired! And he’s done it despite the bullies who’ve come knocking!
When it comes to killing bills, one of the most common tools used by the Left is to misrepresent what the bill actually does. The most vocal opponents to these types of bills are the LGBT community, even though they can’t point to a single case where one of these laws has negatively affected them.
As usual, in this debate, leftist activists swooped in and argued that the proposal would give the state “a blank check to discriminate.” But what the legislation actually does, as several legal experts have said, is force the government to come up with a compelling reason to attack someone’s religious freedom.
Now, thanks to Governor Gianforte, who signed the bill into law this week, it will be used in every case. Despite being under intense pressure to kill the bill and veto it, he refused to be like several of his gubernatorial colleagues and cave when the heat was on.
As I reported this morning, the new “religious freedom” law effectively gives legal immunity to anti-LGBT haters if they claim they discriminated in the name of Jesus.
Montana has no statewide LGBT protections but six municipalities have enacted local ordinances, including the state capital of Helena.