Even his anti-LGBT friends are mad at this anti-gay Georgia senator

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State Sen. William Ligon earned the scorn of lawmakers and progressives alike when his anti-LGBT antics killed a popular adoption bill in the Georgia legislature. Now, even Ligon's anti-gay political bedmates are criticizing him.


In the closing days of the session last month, Ligon stubbornly refused calls from Gov. Nathan Deal, House Speaker David Ralston, Senate Rules Committee Chair Sen. Jeff Mullis and others to drop his amendment adding a ban on adoptions by LGBT people to a bipartisan bill revising the state's adoption laws. That amendment was a poison pill to the bill. 

The criticism of Ligon's amendment was blistering yet mostly came from progressive lawmakers, LGBT activists and adoption agencies. But now even Dick Yarbrough – a conservative columnist with a lengthy record of anti-LGBT punditry – criticized Ligon. It's brutal.

Via Marietta Daily Journal:

That is when the stink of petty politics began to permeate the place. As the Senate Judiciary Committee was getting set to consider Reeves’ bill, Sen. William Ligon, R-Brunswick, informed Reeves he had tacked on an amendment to the bill that would allow mission-based adoption agencies not to have to place children with same-sex parents. Suddenly, bipartisanship became politically toxic.

Let me stop at this point to say that if this matter was that important to Ligon and his colleagues, they had had all session to introduce a separate bill to deal with that issue. He didn’t. He chose to hijack Bert Reeves’ bill.

By springing his amendment on Rep. Reeves a couple of hours before the hearing, he disrespected the bill’s author by not giving Reeves ample time to discuss the proposed amendment. The Marietta Daily Journal called it a “cowardly act.” I call it unprofessional and unbecoming a principled legislator who should know better.

Yarbrough, of course, made it clear he was fine with banning LGBT couples from adopting. Not surprising coming from the same person who bathes his columns in offensive LGBT stereotypes and once urged Marietta officials to unleash attack dogs on “gay lovers.”

But he criticized Ligon (photo) for going about it all wrong. Via Marietta Daily Journal:

Again, you don’t like the idea of same-sex couples adopting children? Great. Then pass a law to that effect. There’s no law against that. You had all session to do so. Don’t stick a last-minute amendment into a bill that would have helped streamline an outdated process and made it easier to find homes for a group of kids that don’t deserve to be caught in the middle of this kind of political gamesmanship.

Ostracized by his own party, it must be getting lonely for Ligon. Maybe he can seek advice from another anti-LGBT senator often in the same dark place – Josh McKoon. They could share a political perp walk together.


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