Despite objections from those who find it unseemly and hurtful, an unbending Republican state Rep. Mike Johnson is steadily trying to push his controversial legislative instrument into the state’s legal code.
Pitching it as harmless, the unrelenting Johnson presented his measure House Bill 597, also known as the “pastor protection act,” to the House Civil Law Committee, where it was met with resistance by legislators who questioned its aim. Members of the LGBT community also were on hand to try to block a refractory Johnson and hoped to watch his instrument go down.
A persuasive Johnson stood firm, however, and managed to ram his bill forward, ultimately seeing a favorable committee vote of 7-3 coming on his instrument.
A rigid Johnson vowed to remain rock-solid, insisting he will not shrink away nor withdraw his instrument from the Capitol’s chambers.
Johnson’s measure seems especially troubling to some in the wake of the negative publicity garnered by anti-LGBT bills recently approved in North Carolina and Mississippi.
Nevertheless, a rigid Johnson vowed to remain rock-solid, insisting he will not shrink away nor withdraw his instrument from the Capitol’s chambers. The House member said he is determined to remain resolutely firm on the issue until he gets what he wants.
“It’s like my old high school football coach told me,” Johnson recalled. “You just keep pounding and pounding away, don’t back off, and eventually you’ll see a payoff.”