Needless to say, Kansas’s new bill authorizing both private and state discrimination against gays and lesbians is an utter disgrace:
But even worse are the provisions that allow state employees to withhold services from gays and lesbians. “The sovereign,” as John Paul Stevens observed, “must govern impartially.” This bill is a direct shot at this basic principle of democratic governance. It is bad enough to permit private businesses to discriminate; to allow public officials to discriminate is even worse. As the Daily Beast‘s Jamelle Bouie puts it, “[a]mbulances can refuse to come to the home of a gay couple, park managers can deny them entry, state hospitals can turn them away, and public welfare agencies can decline to work with them.” Allowing state officials to deny services to same-sex couples is about as stark a designation of second-class citizenship as one can imagine short of bringing back George Wallace to deny gays and lesbians access to the University of Kansas.
…Pierce has more. I’ll get to it eventually, but the timing of Damon Linker’s latest call for unilateral surrender in the culture war was perfect.