The danger of 'gender politics' is real

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Chris Woodward (

woman in locker roomThe message from an organization in Massachusetts heading into the fall elections is "spread the word and pray" – but it's about an initiative, not a candidate.

Voters in the Bay State will weigh in this November on whether to overturn the state's law allowing a man to use the women's restroom and locker room or vice versa.

"In Massachusetts, they refer to it as the 'gender identity non-discrimination law' [which] takes the term 'gender identity' and bootstraps it onto existing civil rights laws," explains Andrew Beckwith of Massachusetts Family Institute, an organization campaigning for repeal.

Beckwith suggests a possible scenario: "If I, as a father, say to a man who is trying to use the bathroom that my wife or daughter is in, or the locker room at the YMCA that my wife or daughter is in – if I say, Hey, hold on a second, sir, my wife and daughter are in there, I get treated the same way as if I said to that same person, Hey, this is for whites only.


"[So] in other words, I face jail time and fines for discrimination, despite the fact that I'm just trying to maintain the privacy and safety of women and children."

If the ballot initiative occurs this November, Massachusetts would be the first state in the nation to have a statewide vote on this issue. Beckwith encourages people to visit for the latest information on the initiative.

"... We just learned in the past couple of weeks that we are going to be Question #3 on the ballot, and so people who want to repeal this law will vote 'No' on three," Beckwith continues.

"We definitely could use a lot of prayer [as] we're going to be dramatically underfunded [and] local media coverage is going to be pretty one-sided against us. So if you have friends and family in Massachusetts, tell them what's going on and tell them to tell their friends and neighbors."

Family Research Council Action, the politically active arm of the Family Research Council, is glad to see voters have a chance to weigh in on this issue:

"Two years after the legislature opened up the state's bathrooms and showers to both sexes, even Bay State voters are drawing the line. The fight has been an eye-opener for Democrats, who are scrambling to protect their agenda from an embarrassing loss in one of the bluest states in the union. Turns out, you don't have to be a conservative to understand how dangerous gender politics can be!"

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