GA HB 849
Should Georgians support Representative Golick, and others, in their effort to create law that may be used to penalize hotels, restaurants, baseball stadium operators or others who provide bathroom accommodations to the public if the wording of the bill is not changed to allow a provider to keep their bathrooms for male and female patrons separate and to, further, provide that the gender status of a person be based on a biological determination made at birth?
RESULTS AS OF March 7, 2016
9% of Counties Reported
0% Voted YES | 7% MAYBE | 93% NO
Rep. Rich Golick (R – Smyrna, District 40) proposes House Bill 849 which seeks a modification to O.C.G.A. 10-16-1 for the purpose of, in its own words, to bring the State into compliance with certain provisions of federal law, lines 19 and 20, respectively: “19 (b) The general purpose of this chapter is to provide for execution in this state of the 20 policies embodied in 42 U.S.C. Section 2000a.”
This section of the federal law requires:
“(a) Equal access – All persons shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.”; more on 42. USC at: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/42/2000a
Some are concerned that the emphasis may be placed on the first two words of this definition regarding equal access, i.e. “All persons..” rather than the enumerated ones, i.e. “..race, color, religion or national origin.” Here we find substituted, presumably, a derived class based on what might be styled, “..a personal belief regarding gender orientation…”.
Survey Respondent Comments
The gay mafia must be stopped.
Female restrooms are only for females. Male restrooms are only for males. The gender assigned at birth determines which facility should be used.
I have noticed that some places have male/female and unisex bathrooms. Again, a very small minority is effected, but if they are creating another new”norm”, than maybe an “other” bathroom is an alternative. I don’t believe children need to be exposed to pedophiles that may use this as a resource.
This bill did not come up in the house. Do not know of any senate bill. If there is any bill, it should be opposed.
The simple change to the wording to ensure that federal law with regard to specific classes of citizens that all Georgians can agree to is necessary for legislators and a voter like me before I can green light such a bill. To not do so, is clearly a back door progressive attempt to be too broad so as to suggest future conflict with religious and civil liberties. A lack of clarity that would repeat the mistake of the US Supreme Court in deciding on same sex marriage.
This bill sets up more bureaucracy and actually creates more confusion. As a female (by birth and my lifestyle) I have witnessed abuse by so-called “transsexuals” (obviously male) attempting to use our women’s dressing rooms and bathrooms and locker rooms. It is a travesty and a threat to our children, totally open to pretense and abuse. Many facilities currently have “family” restrooms, single occupancy, that can be used by people who fall into these questionable areas. Stop the insanity please. And the Chamber of Commerce has entirely too much influence. Our elected officials are supposed to represent “we the people,” not special interests. The movie industry will NOT leave GA. That is total nonsense. Stand up for morals.
“The state legislature should stay out of this brawl even though the U.S. congress, in its infinite wisdom, has betrayed its constitutional duties by passing such laws.
The issue remains socially unsettled and the Georgia Legislature should not advance it.”
“First God determined the gender identification of all living creatures. Man can not change that! Second the federal government can not modify the identity of religious freedom, that is in the State Constitution. No male or female is shown in any religious book to include transgender creatures, ( only eunuchs-neutured).
All the wordsmithing will not change God’s intent on the creation of two genders, only.”
Georgia needs to leave this one alone for a while.
I oppose it because it let our state government have more say in how private businesses are run. I think there are already too many regulations/ laws now that hurt private businesses.
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