We honored Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear as Badass of the Week for vetoing a bill on Friday that would have allowed individuals to ignore almost any state law that conflicted with their religious convictions.
But then the Kentucky Legislature went and made itself a nominee for Douche of the Week by overriding that veto on Tuesday.
House Bill 279 protects “sincerely held religious beliefs” from being infringed upon unless there is “a compelling governmental interest.” (Translation: Expect a lot of lawsuits.) The measure has clear implications for LGBT Kentuckians, who could be fired or evicted under the mask of religious freedom.
“I value and cherish our rights to religious freedom and I appreciate the good intentions of House Bill 279,” said Beshear when he vetoed the bill. “However, I have significant concerns that this bill will cause serious unintentional consequences that could threaten public safety, health care and individuals’ civil rights.”