There are times when I am just at a loss of words and it takes me a while to stop fuming enough to write a post. This is one of those times. A Colorado bill, which is just one signature away from becoming law, would make it so public bathrooms must be, in all reality, co-ed.
A new “transgender nondiscrimination” bill pending in Colorado, which would make it illegal to deny a person access to public accommodations including restrooms and locker rooms based on gender identity or the “perception” of gender identity, is one signature away from becoming law.
Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter,a Democrat, has one week to sign or veto Senate Bill 200, recently passed by both the House and the Senate. The bill, titled “Expanded Discrimination Prohibitions,” holds this definition:
“‘Sexual orientation’ means a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status or another person’s perception thereof.”
According to the bill, business owners and managers of restaurants, gyms, barber shops, massage parlors, etc., and managers of “public [facilities] of any kind whether indoor or outdoor” cannot deny a person employment or access to a facility based on gender identity or that “perception.”
The bill also makes it illegal to discriminate based on “sexual orientation” when renting, selling or leasing housing or when selecting members for jury duty. Penalties for those who discriminate against others based on gender identity include fines and/or time in jail.
What does all the jibberish mean? It means that if a man decides to dress up like a woman, he couldn’t be refused entry into the woman’s restroom or locker room. As the article states, this means even public schools. Scary isn’t it?
What makes this even more scary for me is that this has a lot of potential to be a “slippery slope” issue. Even though this bill excludes religious facilities, you know someone will complain down the road and get some legislation proposed to end that exemption.
Plus just the stupidity of this bill is just outrageous. Imagine a Peeping Tom right in a girls’ locker room for a place like the local YMCA. Several women discover him and decide they want to sue. Do they sue the man? the YMCA for allowing him in? the state? Do they have any rights at all other than to just let it occur?
And Democrats blame Republicans for taking away privacy rights?
Luckily this bill hasn’t passed yet so there is still time. Contact Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and voice your protests against this bill. Hopefully he will listen
Hat Tip Right Wing News