Even Bill O'Reilly Labels Mississippi's New Anti-LGBT Law “Discriminatory”

From the April 12 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:

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BILL O'REILLY (HOST): Why does North Carolina want these laws?

ERIN EHRLICH: Well, it's pre-textual, they're arguing that people would feel unsafe if we were allowing transgender man to use female restrooms.

O'REILLY: But how would they even know?

EHRLICH: Exactly. How would they even know?


O'REILLY: But the theory that the governor of North Carolina is operating under by signing it is that it protects who?

EHRLICH: It protects women? 

LIS WIEHL: Girls. 

EHRLICH: It's confusing, it's confusing, and you're bringing up a very good point.

O’REILLY: It protects women from what?

WIEHL: The governor says that he’s worried about men, basically, who are identifying as girls going into girls’ locker rooms, girls’ bathrooms.

O’REILLY: Right.

WIEHL: And they’re identifying as girls, but they’re born as boys.

O’REILLY: OK, and he thinks that’s an intrusion?

EHRLICH: They’re also fearful that people are going to use this as a reason to go into women’s rooms.

WIEHL: That’s the concern.

O’REILLY:  OK, now what is Mississippi doing?

EHRLICH: Mississippi is doing something much larger than what North Carolina is doing. Mississippi’s law is really a beast. And essentially, it takes all these LGBT issues that we’ve been seeing recently, people being denied services.

O’REILLY: So like gay weddings?

EHRLICH: Exactly.

O’REILLY: So it says what about gay weddings?

EHRLICH: It’s saying that people, if they have sincerely held –

O’REILLY: Religious convictions don’t have to work for gay weddings?

EHRLICH: Exactly. They do not have to provide those services. Essentially what Mississippi is doing is, they're telling the LGBT community, you're not welcomed in Mississippi. 

O'REILLY: Well, you're drawing that conclusion. You can make an argument for freedom of religion that it's oppressive to force somebody to do that.

WIEHL: You can, right.

O’REILLY: So I don't want to, you know, let's not draw conclusions from the law. But the law basically says to Mississippi people, if you don't want to do business with a gay, you don't have to. 

WIEHL: You don't have to. 

O'REILLY: But that can be discriminatory. 

WIEHL: Absolutely.

EHRLICH: It is discriminatory. 


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