129 Anti-LGBT Laws Introduced in 2017; 12 Became Law

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When it comes to U.S. Bills, pro-LGBT legislation beats out anti-LGBT.

The Human Rights Campaign’s annual “State Equality Index” revealed states passed 25 pro-LGBT and 12 anti-LGBT laws. The index looks at state-level bills that affect people who identify as LGBT then grades each state.

While state lawmakers nationwide introduced 129 anti-LGBT bills, only nine percent of them became state law, versus roughly 16 percent of pro-LGBT pieces of legislation.

Texas, South Dakota and Alabama passed laws allowing for more discrimination against LGBT couples looking to adopt kids. Tennessee passed a law to try and undermine the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges that declared same-sex marriage the law of the land.

Mississippi passed a law allowing state workers and private businesses to deny services to LGBT people. North Carolina passed a bill that partially repealed its anti-transgender law, but still bans cities from passing transgender-inclusive restroom laws until 2020.

HRC ranked most ex-Confederate states near the bottom for LGBT\ equality. States in the northeast and west coast ranked high in their report, NBC reports.


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