Thanks to my dear friend and fierce LGBT ally, Jen Lockett, for inspiring this post. Michigan has managed to completely turn my stomach in disgust. The Republican-controlled Senate in Michigan managed to pass a bill that now legalizes bullying of LGBT youth if you claim to be bullying for Jesus. Yes, it is now okay to torment and torture LGBT kids in the name of religion. I should take this time to point the audience to a Message From God.
What is worse is that the new law protects both teachers and students to bully LGBT youth. The mortifying irony is that they have co-opted language and called this the Matt’s Safe School Law. In 2002, Matt Epling committed suicide due to being bullied. Thank goodness for Senator Gretchen Whitmer for calling out this atrocious and bigoted behavior:
You may be able to pat yourselves on the back today and say that you did something…But in actuality you are explicitly outlining how to get away with bullying.
While I’m grateful for the efforts of Senator Whitmer, the sad truth is that now those who truly believe homosexuality is wrong are free to torment classmates consequence-free. Shame on Republican Sen. Rick Jones for sponsoring this bill!