May 30, 2008

From the Desk of Phil Burress
President of Citizens for Community Values
Citizens’ E-Courier · May 30, 2008

Colorado law signals end of gender-specific restrooms

Plus:  Ohio Senate passes human cloning funding ban

Yesterday was another sad day in America.

Those who predicted such things just years ago were written off as fanatics.

Yesterday – May 29, 2008 – Colorado’s Governor Bill Ritter signed into law a bill that makes it illegal in that state to discriminate against homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered people when buying a home, renting an apartment or using public accommodations.

There are many laws already in place or under consideration – including the one currently under consideration by Ohio’s Legislature – that establish sexual orientation, gender identity and/or transgendered status as a protected class under civil rights laws.  Any such law is inherently discriminatory and is a threat to some of our most fundamental freedoms.

But the Colorado law is particularly egregious.

It is the section of the law that addresses public accommodations that makes it so.  This aspect of the law would make it legal for those who identify themselves as transgendered – i.e., those who were born one gender but identify themselves with the other, even temporarily – to use any public restrooms in which they feel most comfortable.

Read the statement of Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family:

“Who would have believed that the Colorado state Legislature and its governor would have made it fully legal for men to enter and use women’s restrooms and locker-room facilities without notice or explanation?

“Henceforth, every woman and little girl will have to fear that a predator, bisexual, cross-dresser or even a homosexual or heterosexual male might walk in and relieve himself in their presence. The legislation lists every conceivable type of organization to which this law applies, including restaurants, bathhouses, massage parlors, mortuaries, theaters and ‘public facilities of any kind.’ Those who would attempt to protect females from this intrusion are subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and up to one year behind bars.

“This is your government in action. It represents a payback to Tim Gill and two other billionaires who have essentially ‘bought’ state legislators with enormous campaign contributions. Coloradans deserve better!

“And by the way, because of the way this bill is written, it is not subject to the initiative process. There is no recourse.”

This is beyond belief!  Pray for our country.

Buehrer amendment passes!

Let me close out the week with some good news.

We’ve written to you in the past about a bill sponsored by Ohio Sen. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) that would ban the process of somatic cell nucleus transfer, commonly known as “human cloning.”

Although the majority of Ohioans strongly oppose the creation and subsequent destruction of human embryos for research purposes, the bill has faced intense opposition, primarily from the state’s large research universities and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, both of which would profit from research that involves “therapeutic cloning,” or “clone and kill.”

This week the Ohio Senate considered H.B. 554, an economic stimulus bill that would provide one hundred million dollars in appropriations for grants and loans for biomedical research and products.

Sen. Buehrer offered an amendment to that bill that would ban the use of those funds for any activities involving human cloning.  The Senate voted to pass that amendment!

Senators voting in favor of the amendment:  Ron Amstutz; Steve Austria; John Boccieri; Steve Buehrer; John Carey; Gary Cates; Kevin Coughlin; Keith Faber; Tim Grendell; Bill Harris; Jeff Jacobson; Larry Mumper; Tom Niehaus; Joy Padgett; Tim Schaffer; Robert Schuler; Kirk Schuring; Bill Seitz; Bob Spada; Steve Stivers; and Jason Wilson.

Voting against the amendment:  Capri Cafaro; Teresa Fedor; David Goodman; Eric Kearney; Lance Mason; Dale Miller; Ray Miller; Sue Morano; Tom Roberts; Tom Sawyer; and Shirley Smith.

If your senator is among those who voted for the cloning funding ban amendment, send him/her a message of thanks.  To do so visit our Web site, CCV.org, and click on Project VoteSmart.

Please pray that the Buehrer amendment banning funding of human cloning will remain attached to the bill as it is considered by a joint conference committee, and that Governor Strickland will not line-item veto the amendment, as he has threatened to do.