Earlier in February, conservative concerns about new laws supposedly written to “protect” homosexuals and transgenders are proving to be accurate.
While liberals argued that the law was simply designed to protect LGBT citizens from discrimination, conservatives replied that the laws would instead discriminate against non-LGBT citizens. Now that conflict is playing out just as conservatives had warned.
At the Evans pool in Seattle, Washington, a man walked into the changing room of a local swimming pool and stripped naked in front of a girls’ swim team. When confronted about the disgusting display, the man simply replied that the city’s transgender policies gave him the freedom to do as he pleased.
“Seeing this individual in the locker room, parents of swim team members (girls) and women who had paid for lap swim became alarmed and alerted our front desk staff,” said Seattle Parks spokesman David Takami in a statement. “In response, an Evans pool staff member entered the women’s locker room and asked the man to leave.” They offered both the man and the girls the opportunity to use a family changing room.
The man left, only to return to the dressing room again a short while later during a youth swim time. The patrons were understandably disturbed and were even described by the pool staff as being “alarmed.” Seattle Parks’ David Takami commented that none of those concerns really mattered, “We have guidelines that allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. We want everyone to feel comfortable in our facilities.” However, this last statement is simply a lie. This policy actually makes more people uncomfortable than who were uncomfortable before the policy was put in place.
Apparently, the liberals in Charlotte, North Carolina don’t care about the concerns of the majority of the population because the city council just approved a new law that is strikingly similar to Seattle’s. After raucous debate and majority disapproval, the Charlotte City Council approved a new law that will allow men to use bathroom and changing facilities also used by girls.
The changes mean businesses in Charlotte can’t discriminate against gay, lesbian or transgender customers, in addition to long-standing protections based on race, age, religion and gender. The ordinance applies to places of public accommodation, such as bars, restaurants and stores. It also applies to taxis.
The most controversial part of the ordinance would allow transgender residents to use either a men’s or women’s bathroom, depending on the gender with which they identify.
The bathroom provision sparked the most opposition, with opponents mostly worried about the safety of women and girls in a public bathroom with people who were born male. Supporters said those fears were overblown, and that transgender people are at risk of violence in the bathroom.
It is simply foolish to argue that the law will protect LGBT citizens because any business in a major metropolitan area that did this would assuredly lose their business. No customer wants to be associated with such discrimination. In fact, the only people who need to worry about discrimination are the citizens forced to worry about men bathing with their daughters at the local gym or pool.
Thankfully, the North Carolina state legislature seems a bit more connected to reality than Charlotte’s lawmakers are. Governor Pat McCrory and the state’s General Assembly will likely be moving to strike down the ordinance and allow the voters to decide the issue by referendum.
The Reverend Franklin Graham sounded a heartbroken note when mentioning the city’s awful decision.
Shame on Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the City Council members who voted last night to pass an ordinance that would allow people to use the bathroom of their choice, not based on their biological sex. It’s not over though. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has been clear that this is a bad policy and said if the city passed it, immediate legislative action would likely be taken by the state. I hope they will take swift action to strike down this dangerous ordinance or bring it to a referendum for voters to decide. If this were put to a vote in Charlotte, I’m sure it would be overwhelmingly defeated by Democrats and Republicans alike.
I appreciate council members Ed Driggs, Claire Fallon, Greg Phipps, and Kenny Smith for having the courage to do the right thing and vote NO.
I hope the people of Charlotte will stop the liberal insanity and emphatically vote down this new law.
Charlotte Reverend Franklin Graham Seattle