Monday, May 2, 2016

Republican Fear And Loathing: The LGBT Edition - Part Four In A Never Ending Series

Looking to raise the stakes in the U.S. bathroom wars a city in Alabama is the first in the country to pass a law allowing the prosecution of transgendered people who use bathrooms that don’t match the gender on their birth certificates.

The law passed by Republican conservatives in the city council in Oxford carries a possible punishment of a $500 fine or six months in jail.

The new ordinance goes even further than the transgender bathroom bill enacted last month in North Carolina. In addition to one upping that state's bill with fines and jail time Oxford new law not only applies to restrooms and locker rooms in government-owned facilities and schools but also includes bathrooms in private businesses as well.

Police Chief Bill Partridge

In an interview with CNN affiliate WBRC Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge explained that the law would be enforced like any other for a misdemeanor criminal act: A person would have to call police to complain, and when police arrive the officer would have to witness the criminal act. After that, Partridge said, the person who called in the complaint would have to sign a warrant against the criminal.

Backward-ass bigot Steven Waits

Steven Waits, president of the Oxford City Council, said the measure was a response to complaints from residents after retailer Target last week said transgender people and customers could use store bathrooms that matched the gender with which they identify, the Anniston Star reported.

Councilman Waits claimed the law was adopted… 

not out of concerns for the 0.3 percent of the population who identify as transgender,” but “to protect our women and children,"

I call bullshit.

Some might argue that the real reason for these anti-LGBT laws is plain old bigotry and homophobia but I believe the truth lies somewhere in a more Machiavellian realm. The real reason these laws happen to be sprouting up now is for the sole purpose of creating a wedge issue in order to gin up these states right wing bigots and homophobes so that they vote Republican come November.

Either way the ACLU believes this particular law raises constitutional questions and is moving towards taking legal action to block it. The group already has sued North Carolina over its law.

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