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Florida transgender restroom on 2009 ballot

Now on the ballot for March 2009, a charter amendment in Gainesville, Florida, would eliminate a requirement for all public places for afford restrooms for so-called transgendered individuals.

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The City Council of Gainesville, Florida, in early 2008 made it legal for men (or women) who perceive themselves as women (or men) to use women’s bathrooms in any business or public facility. However, a successful petition drive by “Citizens For Good Public Policy” will place a Charter Amendment on the March 2009 ballot, which would eliminate transgender restrooms. If passed by voters, the proposal would remove the “gender identity” category protection enacted by the city council in February 2008.

Last week, “Citizens For Good Public Policy, ” a coalition of business, religious and community leaders, held a press conference on the steps of Gainesville City Hall to announce 6,343 signatures were validated by the Supervisor of Elections, more than enough required to place the “midnight” ordinance on the March 2009 ballot. More registered Gainesville voters signed valid petitions in support of the petition than voted for the Mayor of Gainesville or any other sitting City Commissioner in the most recent election.

Over 50 people were gathered to hear various community leaders and Christian pastors involved in the gathering of the petitions to place the ordinance before the voters of Gainesville. A  attorney from the Thomas More Law Center addressed the conference and answered questions regarding the process and the road forward with the ballot initiative.

Richard Thompson, President of the Michigan-based Thomas More Law Center stated, “This Charter Amendment would bring Gainesville’s anti-discrimination laws in line with the state of Florida’s. The concept of ‘gender identity’ was fashioned by radical homosexual organizations and advocates to normalize and protect the bizarre sexual behavior of a few people because they feel more like a woman or a man than what is their actual sex. These radical groups have taken over city councils like Gainesville. In practical effect, these types of ordinances end up being used to prosecute Christians who faithfully practice their faith.”

A press release from TMLC claimed that the proposed Charter Amendment “would prevent the addition of special categories to the City’s ‘Civil Rights’ ordinance not currently included in the State of Florida’s Civil Rights Act.”

The statement went on to say that “The proposed Charter Amendment will prevent the addition of a multitude of bizarre special rights categories that are being pushed by radical groups with a national agenda. The Amendment will have the effect of invalidating the recently enacted ‘gender identity’ category, which creates awkward and potentially harmful situations for young girls and women.”

Thompson said that “This Charter Amendment would bring Gainesville’s anti-discrimination laws in line with the state of Florida’s. The concept of ‘gender identity’ was fashioned by radical homosexual organizations and advocates to normalize and protect the bizarre sexual behavior of a few people because they feel more like a woman or a man than what is their actual sex. These radical groups have taken over city councils like Gainesville. In practical effect, these types of ordinances end up being used to prosecute Christians who faithfully practice their faith.”

According to TMLC, the Charter Amendment would provide uniformity with established state and federal discrimination laws and eliminate the undue burden that special categories place on the activities and financial resources of citizens, businesses and taxpayers in Gainesville.

Cain Davis, Executive Director of “Citizens For Good Public Policy” stated, “The citizens of Gainesville are encouraged about having the opportunity to vote on this issue, which will e



Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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