Citizens in MD speak out against law giving special rights to people with “Gender Identity” issues

Posted on February 19, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Gay Agenda |

California, take note! Maryland citizens are speaking out against this law. Why can’t we do the same before it officially happens in our schools?? Arnold has already given his stamp of approval to this, but we should let him know we are against it!

Nearly 30,000 seek to turn off coed showers
County law gives special rights to those with ‘gender identity’ issues

Posted: February 19, 2008
11:54 am Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Nearly 30,000 petition signatures are being delivered to officials in Montgomery County, Md., demanding that a public vote be held to allow citizens to decide on a law providing special rights to people with “gender identity” issues, including apparently the choice of whether to use men’s or women’s locker rooms and other public facilities.
Officials with Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government told WND that the organization had counted 28,000 signatures ready for delivery Monday night, and several thousand more had arrived today.
The new county law states, “Gender identity means an individual’s actual or perceived gender including a person’s gender-related appearance, expression, image, identity or behavior, whether or not those gender-related characteristics differ from the characteristics customarily associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”
The law, when being proposed, at one point included a specific exemption for facilities such as locker rooms, but it was deliberately removed before adoption. A county spokesman earlier told WND that he didn’t think it necessary to state such issues specifically.
Michelle Turner, a spokeswoman for the citizens group that has had as many as 200 volunteers spending their weekends at shopping malls and other locations collecting signatures, said it is “obvious” the plan “will have very real and serious repercussions.”
“People are energized; they really feel betrayed by their county government,” said Ruth Jacobs, president of the group leading the work on the initiative. “This issue [affects] the privacy of women and children.”
The requirement for the issue to be put on the ballot is 25,001 valid signatures or more. The citizens’ group submitted the first round of 15,462 signatures on Feb. 4 as required by the rules. The current total includes those signatures.
“The citizens of Montgomery County are clearly making their voices heard,” said Jacobs. “We have found that this issue straddles every demographic and political line. The ease with which the signatures have been obtained and the indignation of the voters demonstrate how isolated the council is from its constituents.”
“Instead of representing Montgomery County citizens, Councilwoman Duchy Trachtenberg (D-at large), sponsor of the bill, may well be titled the councilwoman for outside special interests,” Turner said. “Trachtenberg has accumulated almost $400,000 in campaign funds, over 60 percent from out of state…”
The citizens organization also said it is reviewing a multitude of reports from its volunteers about harassment from those supporting the transgender campaign in the county.
Officials reported Dana Beyer, a senior policy adviser to Trachtenberg, and other individuals appeared at several petition sites in recent days “to disrupt the collection of signatures, telling volunteers to ‘shut up’ and getting petition collectors removed from shopping malls by complaining to the management.”
Volunteers reported in two cases, “police had to be called by store management in order to stop the harassment of Montgomery County residents who wished to sign the petition.”
John Garza, an attorney for the volunteers, said one possible result could be a civil rights lawsuit.
“I am deeply troubled by these intimidation tactics. Such tactics are commonly used by totalitarian governments. There is no place for this in Montgomery County. This undemocratic conduct is especially reprehensible when it is coming from a senior-level employee of the council.”
The law was passed by the county council and signed by Leggett to give “gender identity” specially protected status under the county’s non-discrimination code, and covers housing, employment, public accommodations and all “facilities.”



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