As I pointed out when he announced he’d be retiring at the end of his current term, I ashamed to admit that my state senator is Dick Black. He’s arguably the most conservative member of the senate and has a history of proving he’s a bigot while taking positions on most social issues. His sexist views were on display today as he spoke on the Senate floor before thepassed the Equal Rights Amendment by a 24 to 16 margin.
Not only did he make it clear he didn’t think women are equal to men, but he went on at length in an attempt to explain his beliefs. He doesn’t think women are physically strong enough to serve in the military, for instance, and might cause some distractions for men if they were in combat units. Along this lines, he proceeded to claim there could be lawsuits filed because women can’t be drafted. This made me chuckle since he blatantly ignores that the draft hasn’t been implemented in decades and there are no plans to bring it back, which means nobody would even have an opportunity to say the draft violates their rights.
As if claiming women aren’t fit to serve the country isn’t enough, Black went on to say the ERA would be horrible for religion because the Catholic Church only wants men to be priests. His other arguments included an odd obsession with how there might be more mixed gender prisons and his belief that this could be detrimental for female prisoners.
If you’re interested in seeing an elected official in the 21st century actually trying to justify discriminating against women, here’s video showing most of Sen. Black’s remarks.