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Colorado Gets Non-Discrimination

Timothy Kincaid

June 2nd, 2008

The Denver Post reports

Gov. Bill Ritter today quietly signed a controversial bill expanding the prohibition of sexual-orientation-based discrimination, over the vocal opposition of conservative Christian groups like Focus on the Family.

The bill bans discrimination based on a person’s religious belief or sexual orientation – including transgender people – in places of public accommodation, housing practices, family planning services and 20 other public spheres. Such prohibitions are already in place with regard to race.

Ah, poor Dr. Dobson. He’s just not as influential as he once was. I guess if you are willing to sell out your integrity for some skirmish in a culture war you lose the reputation necessary to influence public policy.

Opponents said the bill would have serious consequences, such as opening up Colorado public restrooms and locker rooms to all genders and transgender people, exposing children and women to sexual predators.

I guess Coloradans saw that none of these things happened in any of the other states to ban discrimination and figured Dr. Dobson was just lying again.

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Ephilei
June 3rd, 2008 | LINK

We have gender non-discrimination here in Illinois. I used the “opposite” bathroom for the first time this week in a hotel and only then because the entire hotel was filled with other gender variants and of course none of them care.

The Religious Right also has a habit of not reading the laws they protest like in the quote above. Public restrooms are only open to people presenting as the gender on the door – not “all genders”. Males who look like men still aren’t allowed in womens’ restrooms.

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