Congratulations to LGBT activists in Colorado, the governor just signed an anti-discrimination bill:
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.
It's just more evidence that we're becoming old news. This is James Dobson and FOTF's home state, and they couldn't do anything to stop this.
"The state legislature here in Colorado has frankly become just about as radical and extreme as the California Legislature, in an effort that was designed to obviously appease the homosexual community give access to all public restrooms by people of the opposite gender," Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said Wednesday on his regular radio broadcast, according to an online newsletter from the organization sent out later that day.
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.
Jesus effin' Christ, the people of Colorado and Bill Ritter saw through that bathroom nonsense. It's almost as though they recognized it for the scare tactic that it was. Dobson can flail his arms all around all he wants now, it didn't stop a thing.
And consider the fundies' radio spot on the legislation:
RADIO: 60 05.07.08 "SB200 - Predator" Draft:
SFX: [screen door closing book bag dropping on table]
ANNCR: If the Colorado Legislature has its way
GIRL 1: Mom! A man in a dress came into the girl's bathroom at school today!
ANNCR: We could all be dealing with a new type of predator
WOMAN: [ambient sound under of woman getting out of car, door beep and close] Honey, there was a man using the women's showers today at the fitness center I asked the management why?!...They said it was Colorado law!
ANNCR: And instead of our kids worrying about finals and the prom they'll have to worry about who's in the bathroom with them at school.
GIRL 2: [SFX: ambient hall noise, lockers close] No way I'm going in there I'd rather wait all day than go in there if he's in there, too...
While they try to pick at one segment of our community to try to take down anti-discrim legislation for all of us, people can see right through that.
So Autumn Sandeen is going to get to use the bathroom in Denver:
Some Blenders have no doubt done the math and realized that, since I'm going to Democratic National Convention in Denver with the rest of the PHB bloggers this coming August, I'm going to be peeing within the state lines of Colorado. So with Colorado's Public Accommodation law changing to add sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the list of protected classes...
In Denver this coming August, I will be sure to take a copyrighted picture of me entering a public restroom, with the full intent of giving Peter LaBarbera free rights to use that picture on his Americans For Truth About Homosexuality website, as well as to OneNewsNow (the American Family Association) and Focus On The Family/CitizenLink. When these organizations directly or indirectly bear false witness against me and my transgender peers, I'd like them to have an non-pornographic, accurate photo of how a transgender/transsexual person makes use of public accommodations -- which is to say, I use the toilets as toilets are intended, wash my hands, check my hair and face in the mirror, and then I leave.
Send us a copy, too, Autumn!