No 'Special Rights' for Homosexuals, Transgenders
- A conservative legal group has joined the fight to overturn a Hamtramck, Mich., ordinance that gives "special rights" to homosexuals and transgender individuals.
The Thomas More Law Center said it will act as legal counsel for a coalition of citizens, businesses, and religious groups that are challenging the ordinance, which makes it legal for men who identify as women to use women's bathrooms in any school, business or public facility.
"In classic Orwellian doublespeak, the ordinance defines such behavior as 'Natural Rights of Hamtramck Residents,'" the Law Center noted.
“Radical homosexual activists have taken over city councils like Hamtramck all across the nation," said Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center. "These ordinances end up being used to bully and prosecute Christians who faithfully practice their religion.”
The ordinance provides that no person be discriminated against because of “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, condition of pregnancy, martial status, physical or mental limitation, source of income, family responsibilities or status, educational association, sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression or handicap.”
The ordinance covers housing practices, public accommodations, employment and city contracts. It sets up a procedure for complaints, investigations, prosecutions and penalties.
The law center objects to the ordinance because of the following “disturbing aspects”:
-- Excessive entanglement by the city in internal aspects of religious organizations;
-- Men being allowed to use women’s restroom and other facilities specifically designated for women. To even question a man on the propriety of them using the women’s facilities -- whether dressed as a women or not -- could be grounds for a discrimination complaint, $500 fine for each day this occurs, and a civil lawsuit;
-- Men dressed as women teaching grade school children
-- Civil litigation to force businesses, schools, and even religions to conform and accept these deviant lifestyle choices.