The Republican House Speaker Sam Smith opted to refer SB 300 – the LGBT anti-discrimination bill – to the State Government Committee, where it is certain to lose, rather than the Judiciary Committee or the Human Services Committee, where it stood a better chance:
The chairman of a key Pennsylvania House committee has nor plans for a hearing on a bill to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The measure was referred to the State Government Committee, which is made up of 15 Republicans and 10 Democrats, and its ranking Democrat has prodded the chairman for a hearing.
But Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, said he believes the majority of his panel opposes the bill.
Let this be a lesson to you about party politics, and the important virtue of partisanship.
Most of the Republican Party does not support banning discrimination against LGBT individuals for housing or jobs or eating in restaurants. You may think that your suburban GOP representative is a bit more moderate than that, so you’ll keep voting for them. But that “moderate” GOPer voted for Sam Smith for Speaker, and Sam Smith just killed the LGBT anti-discrimination bill.
If you want progressive legislative outcomes, you have to vote for Democrats. Party cartel dynamics and the realities of legislative politics mean that there is very little real distinction between a moderate Republican and a conservative one. Don’t ever let anyone trick you into voting on the basis of personality characteristics.
(via Mary Wilson)