5 Things That Pissed Us Off Last Week: Miss. Lesbian Bars, Liz Cheney, Baptists, and Incest

Welcome to SheWired's weekly round-up of the most infuriating bits of news from the past seven days.
By: Sunnivie Brydum
October 08 2013 4:40 PM

Welcome to SheWired's weekly round-up of the most infuriating bits of news from the past seven days. Each week, we'll be providing a retrospective on the most heinous, crazy-making bits of anti-LGBT news that came across our radar last week. Our hope in doing this isn't only to darken the skies, but also to sound the alarm about the kind of idiocy that passes for "legitimate commentary" these days. Expect a healthy dose of snark in the following paragraphs — sometimes it's the only way we can get through the day. 

5. No Space for Girl Bars in Shannon, Miss.

A small town in northern Mississippi is getting ready to take its homophobic business practices to court, when the city council of Shannon squares off against a lesbian bar-owner who has been repeatedly denied the appropriate permits to open the bar she owns and has recently renovated. Pat Newton has been trying to open O'Hara's, a cafe and bar for LGBT people in the 1,700-person town of Shannon, Miss., for quite some time, but in June, the city council voted to deny her the necessary zoning permits to reopen the bar she's owned since 2010. 

The council's reasoning for denying the permit? The LGBT bar itself would be "a public health and safety hazard," according to the 4-1 city council vote. 

Newton, herself being a savvy businesswoman, lawyered up with none other than the Southern Poverty Law Center, which will now represent her case in federal court, arguing that Shannon's mayor, Ronnie Hallmark, "led a conspiracy to deny Newton a business license," and pursued others to voice opposition to the bar. 

"Their opposition is rooted in blatant hostility toward a legitimate business, simply because a lesbian would operate it and because it would serve the LGBT community," said SPLC's legal director David Dinielli. "They have discriminated against our client, even relishing the opportunity to discriminate."

We can't wait to see how that eagerness to discriminate — bigotry pride! — holds up in federal court. Go get 'em, Newton. 

4. Liz Cheney Isn't Antigay Enough for Wyoming

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney and sibling to the happily gay-married Mary Cheney, opposes marriage equality. But according to some right-wingnuts, her previously conciliatory remarks that the freedom to marry should be decided by each state, and applauding the federal government for extending benefits to legally married same-sex couples, means that she's secretly a radical pro-gay activist. And that means she's "Wrong for Wyoming," claims a new attack ad. 

Cheney is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Wyoming, and has already walked back her 2009 statements tacitly in favor of marriage equality by recycling her father's often-used line, "Freedom means freedom for everyone." This year, Cheney released a statement that said "I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage," prompting her sister (that married lesbian mother) to publicly lambast Liz on Facebook, saying "I love my sister, but she is dead wrong."

That wasn't strong enough condemnation for Cheney's uber-conservative competitors in Wyoming. The attack ad trots out every right-winger's worst nightmare, Rachel Maddow, before claiming that Cheney is all buddy-buddy with "MSNBC, the go-to network for Barack Obama and Washington's liberal elites."

Check out the eerie ad running in The Equality State below. And yes, that's really Wyoming's official state nickname. 

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