“Fayetteville City Council members passed a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance early Wednesday morning following nearly 10 hours of public discussion and debate that began Tuesday evening inside City Hall.”
However, there is a caveat:
“During the meeting, aldermen amended the ordinance – at the request of Petty – to exempt all tax-exempt properties or places of worship owned by a church from being included.That move, [Alderman] Petty said, was to appease religious groups who earlier this month said they should not have to open their places of worship to people of different beliefs.”
Appeasement, indeed. This is the group of people that discriminates the most. Sort of a hollow victory.
T/h: Teri Dawn Wright
(Original Article) By using a series of blatant lies in a robocall, opponents of a Fayetteville, Arkansas trans protection bill hope to prevent what they describe as ‘predatory behavior’ by transgender people.
A trans/LGBT protection bill is in front of the city council and has yet to become law. Opponents have recruited prominent Baptist and TLC network’s Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting in the their efforts to derail the bill. She introduces herself and voices the entire call.
“The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use womens and girls restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.
I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.
I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area?
I still believe that we are a society that puts women and children first. Women, young ladies and little girls deserve to use the restroom or any other facility in peace and safety. . . .”
FreeFayetteville and the Arkansas Family Council are the names behind the robocall campaign.
In response to the robocall, Alderman Matthew Petty, a supporter of the bill, said this to the Fayetteville Flyer (and reprinted in Think Progress):
“[they] are spreading this misinformation because they are skilled political strategists and they believe it is an effective proxy for their bigotry.”
We’ve seen this intimidation many times before, fortunately, these things tend to backfire on them. I hope the city fathers see through these lies.
An earlier article I wrote on similar intimidation: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/06/08/hate-group-ties-transgender-rights-bill-to-empowering-pedophiles/
More from Think Progress http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/08/19/3473120/michelle-duggar-transgender-arkansas/
Update — Ordinance passes: http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2014/08/20/fayetteville-passes-anti-discrimination-ordinance/
Watch LEXIE CANNES right now: http://www.amazon.com/Lexie-Cannes-CourtneyODonnell/dp/B00KEYH3LQ Or get the DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0963781332
LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS is associated with Wipe Out Transphobia: http://www.wipeouttransphobia.com/
Read Lexie Cannes in The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/courtney-odonnell/