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Radical "transgender" bill being rushed through Maryland legislature

Many pro-family forces caving in but MassResistance helping the fight

POSTED: March 28, 2011

A radical Transgender Rights bill passed the Maryland House Saturday afternoon and is being rushed to the Senate. Supporters want to get it made into law by April 11, the last day of Maryland's legislative session.

MassResistance had been working for over a week with key activists in Maryland who had attempted to stop it in the House. The bill goes to the Senate on Monday.

Bill #235 (edited with recent minor amendments), appears to be patterned after recent versions of the transgender bill attempted in Massachusetts, although not as far-reaching.

Coming to Maryland? These are MEN with enhanced breasts and women with facial hair marching in transgender rights parade in Massachusetts.
[MassResistance photo]

What Bill #235 does

The Maryland bill uses the force of law to impose cross-dressing, transgenderism, and a range of related behaviors and affectations into society against the will of citizens with traditional values or religious beliefs.

  • It requires all Maryland employers including government agencies to hire, promote, and include cross-dressers in every part of the workplace without discrimination. Business owners will be helpless - under threat of lawsuit or punishment - not to have men in dresses waiting on customers, etc.
  • It also extends to public schools and even day-care centers, which will legally be unable to turn away cross-dressers and "transgenders" from teaching or working with children.
  • It will require transgenderism, cross-dressing, and related behaviors to be considered legally normal. Thus, activists can compel schools to have transgender assemblies and similar activities including library books promoting transgenderism. This will also lead to transgender diversity training in businesses.
  • All real estate transactions are covered -- people have no choice when renting or selling units or homes.
  • Since transgender employees may not be discriminated against in the workplace, they cannot be restricted to using male or female restrooms in stores, restaurants, bars, schools, day care facilities, or other places of employment.
  • Employers may not require a genetic test to determine the actual sex of an employee or applicant.
  • The bill defines "gender identity" as "a gender-related identity or appearance of an individual regardless of the individual's assigned sex at birth." This opens the door to a wide range of behaviors and interpretations by activists. This definition also clearly denies biological reality.

It is essentially a state-sponsored war against traditional religious belief. Or to put it another way: It's madness. These people seem to be in some parallel universe.

But more important, this bill completely ignores the fact that the medical community considers "gender identity disorder" a mental illness. It ignores the fact that attempting to change one's sex is biologically impossible. And it ignores widespread medical observations that using mutilation, surgery, hormone treatments, etc., to try to change one's sex generally leads to worse psychological problems for the individual, including suicide attempts. (Several years ago Johns Hopkins University stopped performing "transgender" operations for those reasons.)

Maryland's pro-family movement on the sidelines

The homosexual lobby is fighting fiercely to get this bill through by the April 11 deadline. And they are cruising through.

The huge success in the anti-gay marriage fight earlier this month showed the potential of the pro-family movement to mobilize and win. But in this fight, Maryland's pro-family movement has almost completely faded away. Why are they afraid to engage this issue?

To our knowledge, none of the churches have gotten involved. One pro-family group sent out an email before the vote, but except for that they were pretty much on the sidelines. The National Organization for Marriage and the Republican Party are nowhere to be seen.

Even worse, there is virtually no leadership among the legislators to defeat this bill. Delegate Don Dwyer, who was the hero of the marriage fight, appears not to be engaged in this at all and seems to have little interest in even talking to pro-family activists about it.

There were several defections. Nearly 20 House members who had opposed the "gay marriage" bill voted for the transgender bill. It passed 86 to 52.

Two women carrying pro-family load
(with some help from MassResistance)

Unbelievable as it sounds, it was basically only two pro-family women connected with Citizens for Responsible Government (based in Montgomery County, MD) who worked and lobbied tirelessly since the beginning of last week to stop the bill. They lobbied hard before the House committee, and continued when it went to the full House on Friday. A few others helped with emailing, etc., but it was mostly just the two They were at the State House almost every day going office to office, talking with Delegates to educate them about this bill, making phone calls, and doing anything else they could think of. They even passed out flyers to the Delegates as they went into Saturday's House session to vote.

MassResistance was on the phone with them almost every day helping to strategize. We also supplied them with information including flyers in schools and other material about what would happen once this bill passes. But they were up against the Maryland homosexual lobbying machine.

Transgender flyer passed out in Massachusetts public schools

On to the Senate . . .

The Maryland Transgender Bill now goes to the Senate, first to a committee and then (if it passes there) to the full body. The Senate is considered more conservative and is smaller, thus strategically easier than the House to work with for our side. It's very possible to stop the bill there. But it's going to take more bodies than just a few people if this is to be won.

It should be clear, as our long experience shows, that legislators can never be "trusted" to do the right thing. In general, politicians are capable of believing (and not questioning) the most outrageous lies and propaganda, and they tend to avoid taking a bold stand -- unless forced to by pressure from constituents.

This bill will eventually change the lives of people in ways we can't even predict. For example: Every Senator should watch this video of huge cross-dressing men using a women's restroom at a transgender sex-change conference (at the Peabody, Mass. Marriott Hotel in January 2009.

Let's hope that the pro-family movement there wakes up over the next few days.