Let me first clarify my stand before I link to the article. I am a Christian. I am a Republican. There were days when I stridently agreed with Focus on the Family and followed every thing that came out of the campus up in Colorado Springs.
Those days are long gone. James Dobson does not speak for me but he is an interesting figure to listen to at times. Just like the Re-Create ’68 crowd (seriously, the convention should be a terrible train wreck), he’s got a right to say and believe in certain things I might vehemently disagree with.
But this…this makes me listen a little harder. 9news brings us, Unisex Bathrooms In Colorado’s Future?
I’m all for equal rights and tolerance in regards to what people believe and practice (to certain points…those polygamy cults are starting to concern me) and making the USA a little more welcoming and understanding.
Senate Bill 200, quietly signed by Gov. Bill Ritter (D-Colorado) with little fanfare on Thursday, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or identity. It protects those who identify themselves as gay, bisexual or transgender from discrimination in areas including housing, business and education.
The law also prohibits discrimination in “public accommodations.” That is where the debate took a turn toward the toilet.
But I’m with opponents on this one. First of all, Bill Ritter hasn’t been on my list of people I’m terribly fond of this year. It started with the whole labor union crockup that he slipped a mickey to us with and did it all on his own. And this little fact,
The governor signed the bill privately. When reached for a comment Friday afternoon, his spokesman said Ritter would be available for a public comment on Monday.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m outnumbered here on the blog and in my city as a Christian Republican…but I don’t like this whole signing bills privately and quietly. It’s unnerving to me at best (not a “BATTLESTATIONS” cry mind you) and leaves me continually questioning Ritter. If I’m alone in this, so be it.
But the concern that Focus has is this,
“It is now legal in the state of Colorado for a grown man to walk into a girl’s restroom in an elementary school for whatever purpose, and it is illegal for the school to say you can’t do that,” said Schneeberger. “What we’re really concerned about is sexual predators … who want to prey on young boys or young girls in particular, who would use the confusion caused by this law to victimize our children.”
The law’s proponents dismiss Focus on the Family’s argument as a narrowly-tailored scare tactic that ignores the greater purpose of the law.
“This is an important step forward for the state to make the state’s laws of fairness and justice applicable to everyone who lives here,” said Bruce DeBoskey, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Rocky Mountain chapter.
And yet the question remains unanswered. What is to prevent some guy from standing in a girls restroom? What if he just stands there and does nothing? The article is lean on those details (if anyone has some better reporting, link in the comments) and leads me to believe that this issue was pushed through with little fanfare, aside from Focus’s campaign against it.
Focus on the Family launched an ad campaign in an attempt to convince Ritter not to sign the bill. The effort failed.
Anybody got an opinion on this? I ask already knowing the answer. I’ve got my flak jacket on and ready. :)