I’ve heard a lot about the “bathroom law” lately and seeing entertainers like Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams cancelling shows in North Carolina, because of this law, had me a bit curious.
North Carolina’s controversial, so-called “bathroom law” has become a flashpoint in the state — PayPal announced last week that it is withdrawing plans to open a new global operations center in Charlotte, Bruce Springsteen cancelled a concert in Greensboro scheduled for last weekend, and protesters spoke out today both in support of and in opposition to the law, known as House Bill 2.
Critics call the law anti-LGBT, saying it discriminates against gay and transgender residents. But supporters argue the law defends religious liberty and protects girls in public restrooms.
What Do Proponents of the Bill Argue?
Republicans and allies supporting the bill argued that it was necessary to protect the safety of women and children from “radical” action by Charlotte.
Critics of Charlotte’s ordinance said it could have allowed men who may be sexual offenders to enter a woman’s restroom or locker room by claiming a transgender identity.
John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, testified before the Senate, saying that the Charlotte ordinance “means men could enter women restrooms and locker rooms — placing the privacy, safety, and dignity of women and the elderly at great risk.” Gov. McCrory agreed in a statement he wrote after signing the bill.
“The basic expectation of privacy in the most personal of settings, a restroom or locker room, for each gender was violated by government overreach and intrusion by the mayor and city council of Charlotte,” he said. “As a result, I have signed legislation passed by a bipartisan majority to stop this breach of basic privacy and etiquette which was to go into effect April 1.”
What Do Opponents of the Bill Argue?
Democrats, along with civil rights groups and LGBTQ advocates, argue that the bill is discriminatory, interferes with a local government’s rights and could put the state’s economy at risk.
Many opponents pointed out that there are no known instances of a sexual predator dressing up as women to commit a crime and then using similar city ordinances as a legal defense.
“Repeating a lie over and over does not make it true,” the Rev. Mykal Slack testified during debate of the bill. “I am a transgender male, and I am not a threat to you.”
Transgender people are actually much more likely to be assaulted in a bathroom, according to Mike Meno, communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. Meno told ABC News that the ACLU heard from numerous trans men and women on Wednesday saying “how scary it can be” just to go to the bathroom.
If you are a business that is open to the public and you serve the public, then SERVE the public. If your religious values are so important that you cannot serve the general public, then you might be in the wrong business.
If you are part of the LGBTQ community go where you will be served without conflict. If you are not welcomed, go someplace else.
Use common sense! There are several businesses that I won’t visit simply because I don’t agree with the way they conduct business. I don’t hire a lawyer to force them to conduct business as I THINK they should, I simply go elsewhere.
Now on this whole bathroom thing.
If I am out shopping or dining and have one of my grandchildren with me and need to visit the facilities – I do NOT want some MAN who may or may not be dressed as a woman, but happens to be more in touch with his feminine side, walking in – just because he feels pretty today!
Political correctness should NEVER replace safety and common sense.
There are stalls in almost every public bathroom. If there is only one facility – there is a lock on the door.
I don’t get why this is even a matter of law other than the ACLU is getting bored, and is looking to stir up controversy so they can keep violating the rights of every other citizen on the planet.
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