Folks near and far are familiar with New York State's "circus atmosphere" when it comes to politics and government. Here's something - one of things - that gets in the way of legislators attending to legitimate issues: The following release was issued on Tuesday, June 8th.
Senate Judiciary Committee Rejects "Bathroom Bill"
Earlier today, by the narrowest of margins (12-11), the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reject a bill known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA or the "Bathroom Bill").
This piece of legislation (S2406 Duane) would open all public accommodations, including restrooms, high school locker rooms, health clubs, dorm rooms and other single sex residential facilities (like homeless and family violence shelters) to both biological genders, dependent upon whether or not an individual chooses to identify his or herself as the opposite sex (i.e. cross-dressers or transvestites).
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms' (NYCF) Executive Director, Rev. Jason J. McGuire, made the following comments: "As a pro-life, Christian organization, NYCF upholds the inherent value and worth of all people - including persons who identify as transgendered. However, there is simply no need to provide special rights and protections to individuals who choose to dress or identify themselves as members of the opposite sex."
"Under the legislation, any man could legally gain access to facilities reserved for women and girls simply by indicating, verbally or non-verbally, that he inwardly feels female at the moment. There is no way to distinguish between someone suffering from what the American Psychological Association calls 'Gender Identity Disorder' and a sexual predator looking to exploit this law," McGuire continued.
Rev. Duane Motley, NYCF Senior Lobbyist, added, "I applaud Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, the New York State Senate Republican conference and Sen. Rev. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) for taking a stand. They easily could have pandered to the small, yet vocal, special interest groups, but they didn't. These senators remembered their responsibilities to constituents and voted to protect New York children from sexual predators and potential acts of voyeurism."
McGuire further stated, "I'm a father of little girls. I believe there are supposed to be some places deemed private for obvious reasons. I want my little girls to feel uncomfortable if they are in the bathroom and a man walks in. That is a healthy fear that protects them from potentially dangerous situations. The New York State Legislature, or any governmental jurisdiction, should not be trying to desensitize my girls to those unsafe situations. Stranger danger is a good thing."
THANK GOD! Some of our lawmakers have brains! There's HOPE for New York!!!