This battle is pitting the two wings of the Republican coalition against each other. Social conservatives are being confronted by all kinds of corporate business interests, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, of all things. It's taken great skill for Republican leaders to paper over this inherent split, but that day is over.
In the Arkansas of my growing up, not only was smart good, but the prevailing philosophy was always to do the right thing, to show other people dignity, and to honor the common man. I'm sad to say that those days are gone. In today's Arkansas, we can't recognize a lie when it's spoon-fed to us, and we don't want to help anyone who isn't as white-bread as we are.
Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.
There are many of us in the LGBT community who want allies, but do we extend ourselves to help the "other others," those people who are seemingly most unlike ourselves? Now that we as a community are gaining strength and more equality, it is time for us to become vocal and visible allies to other communities.