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Indiana legislator tries an end run on human rights ordinances

Advance Indiana has the story of sleazeball Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Danville), who attempted to amend a bill in order to nullify the human rights ordinance adopted by Indianapolis (and other cities) that bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It caused quite a bit of chaos because the bill he intended to amend had nothing to do with anti-discrimination — it was an eminent domain bill. When cornered, he finally admitted his “motivation” — he wants to be able to discriminate:

Thompson was more forthcoming to reporters. He told them he opposed Indianapolis’ HRO because it was close to his suburban Danville community. “It’s a philosophy of do we allow local governments to go in and intrude on private property and put restrictions on them,” he said. “To me a restriction is just as bad as taking (under eminent domain), in some cases worse.”

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