Legal in 17 states: Where do you stand? S.E. Cupp discusses the fast moving issue of federal protections for gay rights.
CUPP: It’s okay to be cool with gay people. Now the new battleground is going to be over whether we need federal protections against discrimination toward gays.
That’s going to be tricky for conservatives because we rightly are skeptical of these big, unwieldy, federal, bureaucratic laws that are non-solutions to very real problems.
If you look at Lilly Ledbetter, the Violence against Women Act, Paycheck Fairness, these are all big, bureaucratic messes that really just line the pockets of trial lawyers. They don’t solve real problems.
So, Republicans are going to rightly criticize any of those federal protections but I hope we don’t do it from an anti-gay place. I hope we do it from a place of equality, justice, and civil liberties.
That will put us in a really good position on an issue that’s moving very, very quickly.
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