Hillary Clinton took to Twitter last week to endorse the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)—a campaign strategy that failed completely
Houston’s proposed ordinance, which would extend full public accommodations access to gay and transgender people under the guise of “nondiscrimination,” was rejected by a huge margin on Tuesday: voted down 61 percent to 39 percent.
The most pressing argument driving opposition to HERO and other such ordinances that we expect to see cropping up within the coming months is the danger to the safety and dignity of women (and even men) that these measures would enable.
The ordinance would allow any person who identifies as transgender to use bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex from their own biological sex. In other words, any man who decides to identify as a woman would be free to use a woman’s bathroom or locker room. This utterly irrational idea has raised special concern not only about genuinely gender-confused people but even more so about the ability for sexual predators to roam free in women’s bathrooms.
This all comes just after Monday’s battle over “discrimination,” when federal education authorities found that “an Illinois school district violated sex-discrimination laws by barring a transgender student from the girls’ locker room and girls’ sports teams.”
In her endorsement of HERO, Hillary buys into the rhetoric that asks us to deny reality for the sake of “non-discrimination.” As she tweeted to her followers, “No one should face discrimination for who they are or who they love—I support efforts for equality in Houston & beyond.
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So why should this overwhelming defeat of HERO be especially concerning to Hillary?
Houston is a Democrat-leaning city. If Hillary’s own party will not even side with her on these controversial and increasingly common issues, how can she ever expect to win a majority of support? Even if has given into the relentless denial of reality, the majority of Americans have not.
Anna Pfaff works for the American Principles Project.