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"This kind of stuff is absurd," she said. "I’m livid. ... Put them in jail!"
Anti-discrimination bills similar to SB100 have been introduced at the Legislature for the past five years. The proposal made it out of committee last year, the furthest it has progressed.
Conservative groups this year have been more public in their opposition to the bill, running television ads and holding events across the state. Opponents say the change would create a specialized class of people and lead to lawsuits.
Supporters have also papered the Legislature with notes asking the bill be heard. It’s important, said protester Kevin Garner, because LGBT people are often unsure whether they can put up pictures of themselves with their partners at work, for example.
"Am I safe to do that?" he asked. "Straight people don’t have that fear."
Connie Anast-Inman, meanwhile, said she is friends with a woman who lost her job as a result of being transgender and had to live out of her car for a time.
"I’m sure she’d say that experience made her who she is, but she shouldn’t have had to deal with that in the first place," she said. "We believe in equal treatment for all people."
Tribune reporter Robert Gehrke contributed to this story.
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