NC Lawmakers Grow A Spine And Protect Citizens’ Privacy
Finally! Lawmakers somewhere have kicked political correctness to the curb and put their constituents’ privacy first.
North Carolina’s General Assembly wasn’t scheduled to meet until later in the month of April. For the first time in 35 years, however, they held a special session.
They met to address what they called “an issue of general, statewide concern.” The session lasted 12 hours.
What was the concern? Discrimination versus privacy.
On Feb. 22, the city of Charlotte passed a bill that extended discrimination protections to be applicable to sexual orientation and gender identity. It was set to go into effect on April 1.
The ordinance was describe by Gov. McCrory as “government overreach and intrusion.”
The reason the Charlotte bill has caused such a stir is that it allows for transgender individuals to use the restroom of their choosing. Opponents countered that this made bathrooms unsafe for women and children.
One Charlotte mother spoke to reporters. ” Sexual predators are not good people,” she stated. “They don’t do the right thing. They’re going to see this ordinance as a golden opportunity for fresh victims — our children.”
The legislature agreed.
In an 82-26 vote in the House and 32-0 vote in the Senate, a new bill was passed.
Wednesday, the Governor signed it into law.
The new law provides statewide protections that cover color, national origin, race, religion, and biological sex. It does not include sexual orientation or gender identity.
Government-controlled facilities, schools and universities included, are required within the new statute to “assign all multiple-occupancy bathrooms and locker rooms to a single sex and prevent anyone who doesn’t match that biological sex from using the facility.”
It also prohibits local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination rules. This overrides the ordinance set by Charlotte.
Gov. McCrory spoke regarding his decision. He explained that he was “acting to protect citizens’ privacy.”
The North Carolina officials deserve a standing ovation. The safety and security of citizens should always take precedence over political correctness. It is high time that those in positions of authority act to protect the ones that put them there.
The people do not elect leaders to power to then stand back and watch them cower.
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan