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The institutionalized homophobia that some lawmakers in NC want to see expanded

This is horrible. A hate crime exacerbated by a Mississippi’s institutionalized homophobia. NC politicians, business leaders, and taxpayers: Is this what you want our state to become known for? Via Rod 2.0, a tragic, but not unexpected, development in the case of James Craig Anderson, who was randomly picked out for a beatdown because he was black by white teens who later ran over him with their pickup truck, killing Anderson. James Anderson had a male partner and they were raising a daughter together according to the New York Times. Though tax-paying Mississippi citizens. Anderson’s partner is a stranger in the eyes of the state’s law as a suit is being filed.

“We want to send a message to people who want to use race as a reason to target someone,” said Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, who joined Winston Thompson III, the family’s lawyer, in filing the suit. “It appears this group went out to target a black person.”

The suit did not specify an amount for damages, but it included accusations of negligence as a way to tap into the homeowner’s insurance policies of some of the families of the young people involved, Mr. Dees said.

The lawsuit makes public for the first time the names of all seven people who had piled into the two vehicles that night, charging that while some were directly responsible for assaulting and killing Mr. Anderson, others were negligent because they acted as lookouts and did not try to help Mr. Anderson.

James Bradfield, Mr. Anderson’s partner of 17 years, is not a plaintiff. Under Mississippi law, same-sex partners have no claim in civil actions like this, Mr. Dees said. There was no indication that Mr. Anderson’s sexual orientation was a factor in the crime.

No, his orientation was not a factor in the crime, but now that we’ve moved on to obtaining justice, homophobia is clearly at play, and it is sactioned by the state. Rod McCullom:

The slain man’s partner of almost two decades is forced to sit on the sidelines—courtesy of the Defense of Marriage Act and the lack of statewide protections for LGBTs and same-sex couples in Mississippi. Yet another example of Mississippi justice.


How is this good for business, North Carolinians, as our general assembly prepares to debate permanently altering our constitution to enshrine bigotry, fear and ignorance as public policy? We want to emulate Mississippi’s “progress” on this matter? We already have a state DOMA in place to rub salt in the wounds of partners who seek justice in cases like this, but our politicians want to double down on the hate. Nice going.

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