Men in Women’s Restrooms? Tell the Mayor of Charlotte No!
The Charlotte City Council is considering a set of local ordinances that would establish “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” as legally protected, civil rights status classifications. Please sign the petition to tell the Mayor no!
The amendment to the city code would force businesses, schools, and other “public accommodations” within the city limits to allow men to use women’s restrooms and locker rooms and women to use men’s restrooms and locker rooms. It would also subject business owners, such as florists, bakers, photographers, bed and breakfast owners, and others, to potential fines and other penalties if the government considers their actions discriminatory in regard to these classifications, even if that action is due to a sincerely held religious belief.
According to a Facebook post by MeckPAC, a local LGBT Political Action Committee, a public forum planned by the Charlotte Community Relations Committee and Community Building Initiative will be held February 1, with a potential vote by the City Council to take place as early as February 8. This would be the most far-reaching ordinance of its kind in North Carolina and could set a precedent that would encourage other cities and counties across the state to consider similar measures.
The controversial ordinance would expand several sections of the Charlotte city code to include legal protections on the basis of “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression.” The proposed ordinance would:
- Allow a man to go into a women’s restroom, locker room, or shower room, and would allow a woman to go into a men’s restroom, locker room, or shower room regardless of their biological sex.
- Require business owners to provide products and services for events related to same-sex weddings or face legal action by the government, even if doing so would force the business owner to violate a constitutionally protected and sincerely held religious belief.
This amendment would infringe on freedom of expression and freedom of religion. In addition, this amendment to the city code may be potentially dangerous.
If men who "identify” as women are allowed in women’s restrooms, what’s to prevent a predator from saying he’s a woman in order to take advantage of the situation? This would create an opportunity for sexual predators to prey on victims. This could be to the detriment of women’s safety.
In order to protect freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the safety of women, please voice your opposition to the Mayor!
Sign this petition now!
Don't allow men in the women’s restroom