PRESS RELEASE—KRISIN BECK—April 2
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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PRESS RELEASE—KRISIN BECK—April 3, 2015
I served as a Navy Seal for 20 years defending all Americans’ rights and freedom.
Many of our brothers and sisters have shed blood or died protecting precious rights
and freedoms for all Americans. Now our rights are being threatened from within.
Our LGBT sisters and brothers are under siege. This year 85 anti-LGBT bills were
introduced in 28 states. Some have now been defeated or failed to meet required
deadlines. Some very harmful ones have survived and some have passed.
The states of Indiana and Arkansas have recently adopted new religious freedom
laws. As originally proposed both were overly broad and would go far beyond
protecting religious freedom. Arkansas passed a separate law in early March that
prohibits cites from adopting local laws to protect LGBT citizens from
discrimination. Indiana likewise has no statewide law prohibiting discrimination
against LGBT citizens. After public outcry and protests and threats of boycotts and
moving businesses and cancelling conventions both religious freedom laws were
hastily amended in part to clarify that these laws themselves cannot be used by
individuals businesses to refuse services to LGBT citizens. That, of course, was never
the intent of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law in 1993.
Even so, and despite clarifications and improvements the Indiana law and the
Arkansas laws are still unacceptable in their current forms and should be repealed
or at the very least further amended to state that they cannot be used to undermine
federal, state or local non-discrimination laws. In addition both states must amend
their statewide human rights laws to include long overdue protections of LGBT
citizens based on sexual orientation and gender identity so that they can have the
same rights and freedoms as other Americans. Otherwise the rights to discriminate
against LGBT will remain in most parts of Indiana and Arkansas. This is not what I
and my brothers and sisters fought for and it is not acceptable in America.
There are also bills in various other states that, if passed, will deny basic rights and
freedoms to LGBT citizens. Of particular note are bills in Florida and Texas that
require bathroom surveillance. These dangerous bills are based on fear mongering
and hysteria and exaggeration about dangers of restroom use by transsexuals,
despite the fact that there is no evidence of problems that are not already addressed
by other less intrusive laws. There is virtually no evidence of any harm in any of the
places where protections of bathroom use by transsexuals have been in place for
many years. These unnecessary and abusive laws should not be passed.
Any proposed future bills in other states should also conform to these protections in
order to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Americans.