Bathroom Battles Brewing Nationwide

March 1, 2016

by Gary L. Bauer


Photo credit: Intel Free Press via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photo credit: Intel Free Press via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The left is taking its war on common sense to a bathroom near you.

A few weeks ago, a man walked into the women’s locker room at a Seattle public pool and proceeded to undress. Women in the locker room complained to the management, who asked the man to leave. He refused, saying, “The law has changed and I have a right to be here.”

I don’t think he has any right to be there, but he is correct that liberals changed the law, allowing him to be there.

A spokesman for the Seattle Parks office told local media, “We have guidelines that allow transgender individuals to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. We want everyone to feel comfortable in our facilities.”

Good luck with that. I suspect most women are not going to feel comfortable with a man in their locker room!

This nonsense is not isolated to the left coast. Last week, the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina, approved an ordinance allowing men to use women’s bathrooms based on their “gender identity.” Conservative state legislators are vowing to reverse it.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the city council recently defeated a similar effort. Councilman Tommy Hazouri withdrew his bill to include “gender identity” in the city’s human rights ordinance when he realized it lacked support. But he blasted other council members, saying, “Today, we are stuck in the past, frozen in time, when it comes to human rights.”

Are you kidding me? There is no “human right” to invade the privacy of the opposite sex. Where does the left come up with this idiocy?

For all those well-meaning folks who just didn’t see how same-sex marriage affected them, let me say this: If we had held the line on the normal meaning of marriage, we would not be having this debate today! But here we are sliding further down the slippery slope.

It’s bad enough that adults are having to contend with this nonsense, but the Obama Administration is forcing it on our kids. Thankfully, some states are trying to fight back. Republicans in Congress should be joining them. Nobody voted for this!

While the left is obsessing over a miniscule minority, who is defending the privacy rights of the vast majority?

Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.


Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan's Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.

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