Even Democratic Strongholds Struggle with Bathroom

Earlier this month, Political Outcast posted stories about bathroom bills in Texas that are not surprisingly facing opposition in the conservative state.  But now, it seems that our tolerant friends on the other side of the aisle are not quite ready to embrace the practice of transgenders being allowed to use any bathroom they please.

According to the Massachusetts Family Institute, a bill that would have allowed transgender individuals to use whatever bathroom that they feel comfortable using was stopped on Wednesday.  MFI credits the efforts of citizens who called their representatives asking them to not bring the bill for a vote.

Eagnews.org explains what happened in Massachusetts:

Opponents of the so-called “Bathroom Bill,” which would extend restroom and shower choice to transgender people in schools, restaurants and other public places, were eagerly watching the clock on Wednesday.

They were hoping the legislation would remain stalled in the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, instead of getting last minute passage on the final day of the legislature’s 2015 session.

And that’s exactly what happened, with several key legislative Democrats having second thoughts about the entire concept.

“There are a lot of members who have reservations,” Democratic state Rep. John Fernandes, co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, told the State House News Service.

Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a supporter of the legislation, told the State House News Service that many Democrats “need more time to get to a place where they feel comfortable.”

DeLeo said he would not push his fellow Democrats to pass the sensitive legislation.

“That’s one of those pieces of legislation I think that each lawmaker has to look into their own heart to see how exactly they feel on that particular issue,” he said. “I have not tried to or have applied any pressure to anyone.”

Supporters of the bill seemed to accept the fact that the restroom/shower effort was going nowhere in 2015 and faced a bumpy future in Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, this is not the end of this issue in Massachusetts nor in any other state in the country.  Protecting the rights of women and children to have privacy in public bathrooms will continue to be an uphill battle.  But, what happened in Massachusetts gives us hope and reminds us that God is in control and our efforts are not in vain.