South Dakota licences prejudice

USA

Last night South Dakota became the first US state of the year to retreat from treating LGBT people as equals with the rest of society.

The snappily titled “SB149” law will allow adoption agencies to discriminate based on “religious belief or moral conviction” – weasel words for having adoption rules based on prejudice and bigotry and without care for the effects on the child.

It’s not just about LGBT people, of course, as it also opens up the option to for example refuse to allow adoption by people who have previously been divorced, or admit to having pre-marital sex.

Other states have bills working their way through state government which would allow discrimination against LGBT people at work, in housing provision, in adoption and in health care provision.