S.D. lawmakers kill anti-bias bill

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The South Dakota House Health and Human Services Committee tabled legislation to ban bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The vote on Feb. 16 was 8-4 and effectively killed the bill for 2010, according to leaders of Equality South Dakota, a statewide LGBT group.

Equality SD has nicknamed the lawmakers who voted against the bill the “Outrageous 8” and is encouraging its members to help defeat them in the upcoming election. Those who voted for the measure are nicknamed the “Courageous 4,” and Equality SD is working to return them to office.

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