This week read about Michigan Sen. Lana Theis accusing Sen. Mallory McMorrow of "grooming" children, and religious leaders and activists fighting an anti-LGBT bill together in Georgia.
Michigan Senator Accuses Another Senator of Grooming
On April 19, Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Mich) went to the Senate floor to denounce the accusations from Sen. Lana Theis (R-Mich) that she was “grooming” and “sexualizing children” according to emails between Theis and her fundraisers.
In a thread of tweets obtained by The Week, McMorrow said, "So I sat on it for a while wondering, 'Why me?' And then I realized it’s because I am the biggest threat to your hollow, hateful scheme. Because you can't claim that you are targeting marginalized kids in the name of 'parental rights' if another parent is standing up to say ‘no.’"
Attached to the tweet is a four-minute video of McMorrow speaking on the Senate floor about how Theis emails were a way to question McMorrow’s Christian faith.
“My mom taught me at a young age that Christianity and faith were about being part of a community, about recognizing our privilege and blessings, and doing what we could in service to others, especially people who were marginalized, targeted, who had less … often unfairly,” McMorrow wrote in a series of tweets.
Religious Leaders and Activists Unite to Fight Anti-LGBT Bill
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In an open letter in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 54 religious leaders and gay rights activists signed that they are against Georgia considering their own “Don’t Say Gay” bill. At the top of the list of names against the bill is “Elder M. Andrew Galt IV, an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” according to DesertNews.
In previous years, the church has openly denounced and has signed open letters similar to this one stating that LGBT rights and religious freedoms are intersectional.
“We are extremely concerned that the ongoing conflicts between religious liberty and LGBTQ rights are poisoning our civil discourse, eroding the free exercise of religion and preventing diverse people of goodwill from living together in peace and mutual respect,” they wrote in the letter, according to DesertNews.
Their goal is to ignite Georgians to reach out to their representatives and ask them to condemn any anti-LGBT bill that may be presented during session. The letter is to show solidarity between religious freedoms and LGBT community that one does not oppose, but embraces, the other.