If North Carolina passed a law that made there be stricter penalties for sexual assault in bathrooms, I would have been okay with it.
If North Carolina passed a law that made knowingly and lasciviously exposing your genitalia to children a more serious crime, I would have been okay with it.
Our government is meant to protect people. That’s the initial premise of government. To protect people, our government wanted to ensure people were safe in the restrooms. This is still okay.
The next logical step would be to determine what harms people in restrooms. Here’s a good list:
- Sexual Assault,
- Indecent Exposure,
- Assault and Battery, and
Here’s what the NC government decided harms people in restrooms:
- Transgender individuals who have not had their birth certificate changed.
There needs to be a logical progression between the law and the purpose of the law. Here’s why this particular law is logically flawed:
- Changing your birth certificate changes nothing about who you are. Someone could qualify to change his or her birth certificate without actually doing it, for any number of reasons.
- There is no evidence that transgender individuals are more prone to violence than the rest of the population. In fact, they are more frequently the victims of violence than the average person.
- There are already laws that cover rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, assault, and battery. This law does not cover any harms that people face in the restroom.
- There have been 0 incidents of transgender individuals causing any harm in restrooms of their gender in North Carolina. This law was enacted under no basis. This law targets a group of people that has no rational connection to the harms people face. This is equivalent to banning redheads, left handed individuals, or people of color from a particular restroom.
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