NOTE: With minor changes, this is a repeat of a prior post, which was first published on March 1, 2016. I have tweaked it slightly, in order clarify some points, and to update it for the ignorance of the Trump White House.
The equality of the Constitutional Rights of all Americans—regardless of age, sex, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.—are guaranteed under our Constitution. As some Republican-led states have tried, in various and devious ways, to circumvent these rights, the U. S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed them over and over again. But these ignorant attempts, costly to the taxpayers, continue on.
Usually such legislation has been initiated by individual states, and anointed with seemingly benign titles; however, those are merely dog whistles to excite the political base. In fact, the true intent of such laws is often quite different from advertised. Titles such as “Pastor Protection” or “Women’s Protection”, or suggesting that they are intended to protect small businesses, are really smoke screens.
Such laws can only be intended to deny specific constitutional rights of others. here can be no other relevance! Who’s going to sue a clergymen whose religion does not condone same-sex marriage for not performing a ceremony? Or suing a caterer or pastry shop that refuses to provide services for an LGBT event? Or a woman getting an abortion without having considered the various implications ahead of time?
This month (March 2016), North Carolina and Mississippi passed laws that require transgender persons to use rest rooms, in schools and public buildings, that confirm with the sex noted on their birth certificates. (Who carries a Birth Certificate?) Now, consider how asinine this is. Would a woman who was born a man look for a urinal in the Ladies Room? Likewise, would a man who was born a woman really try to use a urinal in the Mens Room? In each case, they would go into a stall to…(well) GO.
These states have already seen major companies decide to cancel expanding facilities there. Similarly, bills such as the current “Potty Bill” have resulted in major sports leagues and national conventions shifting their biggest events to other states. And as expected, individual tourism is seeing a fall-off, as well.
Such legislation truly serves no purpose! As noted, there is nothing to see here! The LGTB Community is not a haven for sexual perverts, no more than the general population. And unfortunately, the larger cities, which tend to be more open-minded, will generally be the losers when corporate expansion, sporting events, conventions, and tourism will be lost! So, the areas that are trying to do the right thing are the ones that pay the price—for Bigotry.
More recently, the Trump Regime has suggested that such laws should be left up to the individual states; however, that is a lame attempt “not to take a stand”! Just considering the past inane attempts to pass racist and bigoted legislation, by the individual states, just points-out what a patchwork quilt of laws, with conflicting values, America will have! But, as the original post notes, isn’t “Who Goes Where” really a question of Reality?