South Dakota is the First State This Year to Legalize Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination

| March 13, 2017

LGBTQ Nation’s Erin Rook reports: “South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has earned the dubious distinction of being the first governor to sign a law legalization discrimination against LGBTQ people in 2017.”

“On Friday, Daugaard signed into law a bill that allows adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ families services and child placement for “religious” reasons and makes clear that the state is not to punish or discriminate against agencies that do. That decision stands in contrast to his veto last year of a “bathroom bill” that would have allowed South Dakota schools to decide which restrooms transgender students are allowed to use.”

“The governor had been silent on the matter before signing the bill until Friday, the Argus Leader reports, when Daugaard said he was concerned about the child-placement agencies facing lawsuits for denying placement to someone in a “protected class,” such as the LGBTQ community.”



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