Sue??? Who’s suing who’s suing whom? or … No More Potties

coffeecinnrollsWelcome!  Pull up a chair, coffee is brewing, and I will also have some fresh-baked cinnamon rolls ready in just a few.  Relax and enjoy the ride, because by the time you finish this, you are going to feel as if you just got off of the world’s wildest ride.  Or perhaps you will feel like you have entered a new dimension, another world altogether.

 

ncLet me begin by saying that I used to like North Carolina.  I remember more than a few weekends spent at Nags Head on the Outer Banks, trying to put a broken psyche back together again.  I loved it there, especially in the off-season.  I also love the Smokies, and although I am partial to the Tennessee portion, I like the North Carolina side also.  So no, I do not hate North Carolina per se. I mention this, because I caught some flak on my original post from readers and a personal friend about ‘south-bashing’, so I am trying to be kinder.

However … NC is the hotbed for Controversy (with a capital C) at the moment.  On April 2nd, I published a post titled ‘Let the South Secede’ both here and also on Dailykos, an on-line, liberal publication.  The post was about an unconstitutional law that North Carolina had passed through both houses of the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, all within a record 12 hours.  The law, essentially, blocks local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules to grant protections to gay and transgender people. At the time of my original post, I chose not to discuss one aspect of the bill, but since that one point has become the biggest domestic issue in the news today, I find I must address it at this time.  That is the question of what, if any, public restrooms transgender people should be allowed to use.  This is, in my mind, the most ludicrous issue for lawmakers to waste their time on and I am still stunned (though obviously not speechless) that it has raised such a stink (pun intended).

So, what happened after the bill was passed and signed into law in March? First, over 100 companies expressed their displeasure with the discriminatory law and some announced plans to curtail or cease business operations within the state of North Carolina.  Several musicians cancelled scheduled concerts in the state. Within a week after passage of the legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina all filed lawsuits suing the state, specifically McCrory, Attorney General Roy Cooper III and W. Louis Bissette Jr., the chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. They argue that the law: deprives the residents of their constitutional right to equal protection under the law; violates their right to privacy; violates their freedom to refuse unwanted medical treatment by forcing them to undergo medical procedures to use facilities in line with their gender identity; and violates Title IX protections against discrimination based on sex.

Have another cup of coffee?  Just wait … this is only the beginning of the ride.  North Carolina’s Attorney General, one Roy Cooper (a democrat) refused to defend the state in the lawsuits (he is actually running for governor against McCrory this year). Last week, the federal Department of Justice announced that the North Carolina law is in violation of the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act and its ban on discrimination based on sex. The governor was advised that he had until Monday, 09 May, to repeal the law, else risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.  McCrory’s response was that he felt it was a ‘common-sense’ law about privacy, and every indication was that he would not step away from it.

Monday, 09 May – Governor McCrory makes his position clear by filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, accusing the federal government of “baseless and blatant overreach.”  THEN … {drumroll, please} the Justice Department filed its own lawsuit, claiming the North Carolina law is discriminatory and violates civil rights.

McCrory accuses the federal government of “being a bully”.  Meanwhile, in somewhat more mature language, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said, “This action is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. This is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we, as a people and as a country, have enacted to protect them.”  She does not sound like a bully to me.

By my count, there are currently at a minimum, five lawsuits pertaining to this highly discriminatory law.  Each of these lawsuits will cost taxpayer dollars … lots and lots of taxpayer dollars.  Meanwhile, at least five federal agencies are considering withholding further funding from the State of North Carolina, among them the Department of Education which provides more than $4 billion in aid to North Carolina, much in the form of student loans.

Amidst all the lawsuits, the pros, the cons, the screaming and yelling, the transphobia, a woman named Kayel Tator posted the following on her Facebook page:

“Was it a man in the woman’s restroom? I cannot say for sure because I was in the stall but every indication tells me it was a man. There were 3 stalls, they checked the first one then came into the middle one that was next to me. I could see their feet. They had on blue jeans and blue/white Van slip on tennis shoes. I didn’t think anything of it until I soon heard them peeing and their feet were still in front of and FACING the toilet. WTF! I sat there frozen in disbelief, my mind trying to come to grips with what I was visually seeing and hearing. Were they peeing, were they puking? Whatever they did, it was a one shot and as soon as they were done they left the restroom without washing their hands. Everything tells me this was a man in the woman’s restroom. I was in there alone so no chance of asking someone.

I walked out and peered into the nearby bar area to see if I could see the ‘shoes’ that I would recognize in a heartbeat but I didn’t. I don’t know if the person went back in the restaurant or the bar, but I know what I saw! I was prepared to confront the shoe wearer if I spotted them and it was not a woman. I was already on my way out the door when this happened so not easily seeing ‘those blue jeans and feet’ that was the end of it.

Like really, am I going to have to start going into the bathroom with the video keyed up on my phone and ready to roll for crap like this?

WHY did this have to happen to me? *grrrrrrr*….”

This woman has more serious problems than she realizes.  I find her to be pathetic, disgusting, homophobic, and other adjectives too numerous to list here.

My money is on the federal government in this race, however remember that the wheels of justice turn very slowly most times. Meanwhile, however, no matter what the eventual outcome, which is likely to be at least a year away unless McCrory decides to capitulate, there can likely be no real winner and there are a lot of losers, including you, me, and everyone who pays taxes in this nation.  The law has come to be known as the “bathroom bill”, which is truly a misnomer, because, as I said in my original post, the language has far broader implications for the LGBT community, such as the right to equal employment opportunities and being able to be expect service in public restaurants, etc. It would seem to me, then, that the only real solution to this manufactured problem is to do away with public restrooms altogether.

Thank you for listening to my rant … hope you don’t feel too ill after that wild ride … just leave your coffee cups in the sink on your way out, please.

12 thoughts on “Sue??? Who’s suing who’s suing whom? or … No More Potties

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  2. Backwards, backwards, backwards we go. The battles continue to rage: small, black-white, black-black, black-brown, men-women, gay-straight, NC-LGBT. “And the poor we shall always have with us.” O Lord, do not let us despair! Jill, do NOT STOP!

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  3. I got into a conversation about this over the weekend. Someone said they would never let their son go into the men’s room alone now. My response was, do you think pedophiles stayed out of the restroom before this law? You probably already put him in danger. At least with a gender neutral restroom, I can accompany my young daughter when we go somewhere together and not worry about her outside the door.

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  4. They say it’s all about protecting the women and the children, but when I was in NC earlier this week, I should’ve had to send LM (age 8) into a men’s room by himself since he’s past the cutoff age, but eff that. Had I done so, I know this woman and that child wouldn’t have felt very safe. So, ‘grats NC, not only are they causing hell for transgender people, they are doing the opposite of what they supposedly set out to do.

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  5. What’s the big deal? In Europe they have MEN cleaning Women’s restrooms, and they are in there while you do your business. No-one thinks anything about that. It’s America that makes a mountain our of a mole hill. Have a great day my friend.

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  6. Curiouser…..and Curiouser! Am I allowed to remind anyone about the old adage…
    ‘Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad’?
    ( Prometheus in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s ) Hugs!

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