A few links to coverage of yesterday’s hearing, for your reading pleasure…
Salem News, including this gem of a quote from the opposition:
But Rep. Bradley Jones Jr., R-North Reading, said height and weight discrimination doesn’t merit legislators’ attention, especially with the Legislature’s session ending July 31….
Jones is also concerned that obesity would be out of place alongside unchangeable traits currently considered in state anti-discrimination laws. Though height is predetermined, weight is something that’s a matter of choice, Jones said. For that reason, he said, it probably should not be grouped with race, religion, age or gender.
Emphasis mine. ‘Cause, you know, religion is totally predetermined and immutable. (Yes, I realize that for those who are born into a faith and continue to subscribe to it as adults, it pretty much feels that way. And I don’t believe anyone should be discriminated against on religious grounds, especially not because they could “just choose” to change their faith. It’s not nearly that simple. But it’s sure not that simple for fat people, either, and yet the “Fat is a choice” argument is still wielded against us.)
I find it interesting that these articles are mostly focusing on the height aspect of the bill. On the one hand, it’s a slap in the face–height is automatically seen as the more important issue because of the “choice” bullshit. On the other hand, if people are focusing on that instead of screeching about whiny fatties who refuse to diet, I’m not complaining.
What do you guys think? Any more reports from the field?