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Battle is on to stop oppressive transgender bill on "public accommodations" now in Mass. Legislature
Part of renewed nationwide push by LGBT movement. With no religious exemptions.
Part 1 of a series on the aggressive push for "transgender" legislation in Massachusetts -- and across the country.
POSTED: Oct 5, 2015 UPDATED: Oct 7 2015
As we’ve seen so many times before, Massachusetts is the current target for a nationwide LGBT push. This time it’s a bill for transgender "non-discrimination" rights in public accommodations. (Some refer to this as a “bathroom bill” but that is misleading, as we explain below.)
It’s not a secret that the next major goal of the homosexual movement is to use the force of law to force all of society to completely embrace the entire LGBT agenda in businesses, government, schools, and public places. This is done through draconian “anti-discrimination” laws that inflict onerous fines, lawsuits, and even jail time on those who don’t comply.
In Massachusetts, Bill H1577 (with an identical Senate version S735) would force transgenderism, cross-dressing, and similar behaviors on all businesses and other public accommodations. It was introduced this session by the LGBT lobby.
There was a public hearing at the Massachusetts State House on Tuesday, Oct. 6. We will be posting a report on that very soon. It is critical that all good people be aware of this and be ready to help stop the bill from moving forward over the coming months.
The national goal: Total compliance, high fines, no religious liberty
As usual, they use the Civil Rights metaphor (and hijack the existing Civil Rights laws) to package their attack on society as achieving “equality.” This past weekend Apple CEO Tim Cook made it perfectly clear. Speaking before the national homosexual anti-family group Human Rights Campaign, he said that every state in America must have laws forcing all small businesses and others to comply, despite religious objections.
This is not an idle threat. Just last month the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that a Portland, Oregon bar owner must pay $400,000 to a group of cross-dressers because he asked them not to come back since their presence had been causing other customers to stay away. It’s the tip of the iceberg compared to what’s coming.
What Bill H1577 specifically does
As with similar bills across the country, Bill H1577 uses statutes originally designed for legitimate Civil Rights purposes and extends them to cover politically-correct sexual perversions. Then it gives additional enforcement, punishment, and legislative power to aggressive tribunals.
Here’s what it does:
This is an extremely aggressive bill meant to push “transgenderism” in to the faces of the public with the force of law and onerous punishment.
Like most homosexual demands on society, it hurts everyone involved.
As it stands now, some businesses or public accommodations (even health clubs) actually are willing to become “transgender.” Others find it immoral, disgusting, or simply too uncomfortable for them and their customers. This takes away that choice.
But there are larger issues that make these bills particularly destructive:
Is this just a “bathroom bill”?
We are troubled that many of our conservative friends are portraying this primarily as a bill that will allow heterosexual men to use “gender identity” to sneak into women’s restrooms to prey on them. It’s possible but very unlikely. (Using “gender identity” for an “improper purpose” is illegal according to this statute. ) It’s an easy sales pitch and avoids directly confronting the “transgender” issue, just as many conservatives avoided confronting homosexuality during the marriage issue.
This is much bigger than a guy lurking in a women’s restroom. This is about forcing the public acceptance of transgender behavior on everyone, which just a few years ago was considered so fringe and perverted that it wasn’t even talked about in any political circles.
In other words, the main problem isn’t a peeping Tom getting into the women’s restrooms. It’s about a “Caitlyn” Jenner or some other six-foot man in a dress who delusionally thinks he’s a woman, and actual women have no way to avoid him. Women and girls of all ages will be forced to stand alongside him at the lavatory sink and pretend nothing is amiss. Women we’ve talked to who have experienced that are often emotionally distraught, or just downright disgusted. Or for anyone, for example, being at a restaurant with men walking around in women’s clothes, it can be similarly distressing and frightening.
Men will eventually have to face the issue, too. There are plenty of women attempting to be men making their way into men's restrooms. Although men may not feel threatened physically by them it can still be very disturbing.
The Peabody restaurant threatened back in 2009 . . .
Back in 2009, MassResistance reported how a restaurant in Peabody, MA was being targeted by a group of cross-dressing men. It was extremely upsetting to the customers. The restaurant threw them out. The men tried to get the restaurant punished, including loss of its operating license, by the State and the various “anti-discrimination” tribunals. There was no law then to punish the restaurant owners, and they were able to go back to normal business. Let’s hope it stays that way.
This will be a tough, vicious fight
Last session the LGBT lobby tried passing this bill, but MassResistance and others lobbied hard and stopped it. So it’s not impossible to beat. But that was then and this is now.
The LGBT movement has determined that they will do whatever it takes to “take” Massachusetts with this horrific law. They have businesses and politicians on board. The public hearing is Tuesday. We will let you know how the fight develops.