Last night, Rachel Maddow interviewed Rand Paul, the newly chosen Republican Senatorial candidate in the state of Kentucky. Throughout the 19-minute interview, Paul adamantly used every subject-changing trick in the book to keep from saying what he really thinks about legal discrimination.
Specifically, he was desperate not to admit on camera that he would have voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because it made discrimination by businesses (restaurants, bus companies, etc.) illegal.
It’s shockingly outdated thinking, right? Totally reprehensible, with no stipulations or exemptions. Hopefully this interview will help keep Paul from being elected, but how would Americans react if he said that the same type of discrimination by the same type of business is okay if the victims are gay?
Unfortunately, we found out the answer to that question last night too, on ABC’s What Would You Do? The hidden camera show hosted by John QuiÃ±ones spent an eye-opening segment finding out what would happen if a waiter verbally abused a gay family (in front of their young children, no less) and refused to serve them.
Understand, every bit of what you just watched is 100% legal in 29 states.
And I find it striking that the majority of the people who spoke up were members of a minority group. That should tell us something about the discrimination.
According to ABC, refusing service to people (including straight people) because of their orientation is legal in the following states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
There is no current movement to add LGBT protections to the Civil Rights Act to stop this kind of abhorrent, state-sanctioned discrimination.
(Incidentally, I got this Gatorade commercial in the middle of the show. I found the song terribly appropriate.)