Post submitted by Christopher Cooke, HRC Western Regional Field Organizer
HRC activists and organizers recently met in Pierre, South Dakota, to participate in Equality South Dakota’s Legislative Lobby Day.
HRC, Equality South Dakota and the ACLU of South Dakota came together for the day to teach new advocacy skills and meet with state lawmakers. We focused on sounding the alarm on SB 149, which would enshrine taxpayer-funded discrimination into state law by allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to reject prospective LGBTQ adoptive or foster parents based on the agency’s purported religious beliefs.
While we fought against SB 149, we also celebrated the defeat of SB 115, which would have prohibited transgender students from using school facilities consistent with their gender identity.
Last year, HRC and coalition members delivered 80,000 signatures to Governor Dennis Daugaard, who in turn vetoed a similar discriminatory bill.