Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Monday, April 7, 2014

Maryland's Fairness for All Legislative Bill

Maryland's bill, which the governor is expected to sign, would give LGPT folks greater legal protection, including in areas of housing, employment, and credit.  One Washington Times writer, Emiliy Miller, opposes the bill because it would, she argues, permit men to enter women's public restrooms and to assault them there.  

Maryland moms and dads will now have to be more vigilant when their children use public bathrooms. It will soon be legal for a man who simply says he identifies as a woman to use the ladies’ room.

This serious risk for sexual assaults of women and little girls is all in the name of political correctness. And this is just the latest in a string of successes by the transgender lobby.

I found Ms. Miller's arguments to be interesting.  As a conservative right winger for the conservative Washington Times, she didn't argue that the law was immoral because it gave rights to transgender folk; she argued that the law empowered pedophiles.  And while I see the sort of nasty associations that she is trying to make between the two, I still thought it was intriguing that she never quite came out in the open and made the right-wing argument that transgender folk ARE immoral.  

Such evasion leads me to think that the generation of our law students are all, essentially, liberals, and that the GOP really needs to retool its moral message for America if it wants to be relevant in the future.

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