I, like many of you, don't often equate Utah with moderate government officials. Well, that wasn't always right. Utah's former governor, Jon Huntsman, who resigned his position because--no, no adulterous affair or drug addiction or random acts of stupidity--he was named ambassador to China. Huntsman, while a Republican, was at least moderate in his dealings with the LGBT community.
Not so the asshat who's taken his place.
New governor, Gary Herbert, has said that discriminating against gay people shouldn't be illegal, although he would prefer it if everyone were treated with respect.
Herbert, who, like an ostrich buries his head although in a much hotter more rancid locale, does not believe sexual orientation should be a protected class in the same way as race, gender and religion. He says: "We don't have to have a rule for everybody to do the right thing. We ought to just do the right thing because it's the right thing to do and we don't have to have a law that punishes us if we don't."
Well, then Gary, let's get rid of all rules because people should just know that rape is not good and speeding is bad and murder, well, no one really likes that. So, why do we need any rules at all, Gary?
Seriously, Utah, this is your governor.
Sheesh, look who I'm talking to: Utah!
Will Carlson, Equality Utah's public policy director, said: "I agree that we ought to be able to just do the right thing. Unfortunately, the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission makes it clear that not all employers are doing the right thing."
And so, while Salt Lake City is considering an anti-discrimination ordinance, conservative lawmakers are eyeing passage of a state law that would trump it, and newly appointed dumbass Governor Gary Herbert is reserving judgement on the ordinance because, get this, he hasn't read it. Still, he's made it quite clear that he doesn't like the idea of protected classes in general.
Dumbass Governor Gary Herbert: "Where do you stop? I mean that's the problem going down that slippery road. Pretty soon we're going to have a special law for blue-eyed blondes ... or people who are losing their hair a little bit. There's some support for about anything we put out there. I'm just saying we end up getting bogged down sometimes with the minutiae of things that government has really no role to be involved in."
Hey Gary, lemme break it down for you.....I'll wait until you pull your head out of your ass. Okay, better now? Here goes: when it becomes clear that blue-eyed blondes or men with combovers are being denied housing, being denied jobs, or being fired from their jobs just because they're blue-eyed blondes or balding men, then maybe, just maybe, we'll do something about it.
Utah, you have an asshat for governor.