Thursday, April 07, 2016

RNC Issues Resolution In Support Of Anti-LGBT Laws

While we have been seeing a new round of anti-LGBT viciousness on the part of Republicans at the state level, the demonization of LGBT citizens within the Republican Party does not stop at the state level.  Now, the RNC has adopted a resolution that supports the wave anti-LGBT laws being pressed at the state level.  The development is evidence of the reality that even as the business community becomes more supportive of LGBT equality, the Republican Party has sold its soul to the ugliest of the Christofascists.   Hatred of others is now a defining element of the Republican Party.  Here are highlights from The New Civil Rights Movement

While the Republican presidential candidates are trying to outdo one another with their proud displays of Islamophobia, the Republican National Committee under chairman Reince Priebus, (photo above) is reminding voters there is more than one kind of scary "other" Republicans are unreasonable afraid of.  

The Republican National Committee has issued a resolution encouraging state legislatures to enact anti-trans bathroom legislation which The Washington Blade has dubbed "papers to pee" laws. They want states to require people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender at birth.

Republicans also want to the U.S. Department of Education to change its interpretation of Title IX - the law known for bringing us equal funding for women's sports - to exclude the use of bathroom and locker rooms by transgender students. They want the Department of Education to institute a policy in which a student must use the bathroom associated with his/her anatomy that can be confirmed by DNA. 

It is election season, so unsurprisingly, the resolution takes the opportunity to attack Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her support of transgender rights. 

Here it is in all its paranoid glory: 

Republican National Committee Counsel’s Office 
WHEREAS, A person’s sex is defined as the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined at conception, identified at birth by a person’s anatomy, recorded on their official birth certificate, and can be confirmed by DNA testing;
WHEREAS, Transgender policies deal with students who choose to be designated by their desired gender identity; an identity that conflicts with their anatomical sex;
WHEREAS, The U.S. Congress has never included gender identity within the Title IX Federal Law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity and that mandates allowing students of one biological sex to play sports designated for the opposite biological sex;
WHEREAS, Federal courts have ruled that Title IX does not extend to claims of discrimination based on gender identity and that schools can maintain separate restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities on the basis of sex where privacy is a concern;
WHEREAS, The Obama Administration’s Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights released an updated policy letter stating that Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to an individual’s chosen gender identity of male or female;
WHEREAS, Federal courts have ruled that the U.S. Department of Education’s interpretation of Title IX is not legally binding because the Department lacks authority to promulgate such an interpretation; and
WHEREAS, Policies of the Obama Administration, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and public schools that allow any students to use the restrooms, locker rooms, or other facilities designated for the exclusive use of the other sex infringes on the rights of privacy and conscience of other students; and therefore be it
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee calls on the Department of Education to rescind its interpretation of Title IX that wrongly includes facility use issues by transgender students.
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee encourages State Legislatures to recognize that these Obama gender identity policies are a federal governmental overreach, a misinterpretation of Title IX policies, and an infringement upon the majority of students’ Constitutional rights; and
RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee encourages state legislatures to enact laws that protect student privacy and limit the use of restrooms, locker rooms and similar facilities to members of the sex to whom the facility is designated.
Note the repeated effort to link scary acceptance - at least for bigots - of transgender individuals to the nations black president.  If anyone poses a threat to the nation, it is the Christofascists and their political whores in the GOP.

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