Friday, May 16, 2014

Fwd: Governor O’Malley Signs Bill Opening Bathrooms to Opposite Sex

Governor O'Malley Signs Bill Opening Bathrooms to Opposite Sex

Dear Friend ,

Just today, Governor O'Malley signed SB 212 – the "Bathroom Bill" – into law. responded right away with a press release, included below.

The Bathroom Bill takes away your right to privacy in public bathrooms.  Please act now.

Unless you, your friends and neighbors, and many other Marylanders sign the petition right away, this bill will take effect on October 1, 2014.  You can find the petition and a volunteer packet for collecting more signatures at

If you have not already signed a paper copy of the petition, please do so today.  The
May 31st deadline is approaching fast.

Sign the petition now
Many people do not even know about the "Bathroom" section of this bill.  Please ask your friends and neighbors to sign the petition.

If you have already signed a printed copy of the petition, please join us to raise awareness about the "Bathroom Bill" and the petition.  If you are able, please join the "Thunderclap" campaign online (, organized by a Maryland blogger.  "Thunderclap" is an online system where you can join many other people in sending out a message about the "Bathroom Bill" via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr.  Once 250 people have signed up on this campaign, the system will send out the message and literally thousands of people can see the message at one time.
Working with you for common-sense government in Maryland.

Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman

Contact: Delegate Neil Parrott: (240) or
                  Delegate Kathy Szeliga: (443)

Governor O'Malley Signs SB 212, the "Bathroom Bill", But Leads Referendum Effort to Give Marylanders a Voice
(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – Today, Governor O'Malley signed the controversial SB 212, known by many as the "Bathroom Bill" but deceptively named the "Fairness For All Marylanders Act", into law.  This new law creates a very broad allowance for men to use the women's bathrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms, etc.  if they simply claim to identify as women.  The same is true for women identifying as men.
Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman of, indicated that he is "disappointed that the governor would sign such a radical bill.  Now, unless Marylanders go to to sign a referendum to stop the bill, the bill will end the right to privacy for all Marylanders beginning on October 1st."
Delegate Kathy Szeliga, who worked against SB 212 during debate on the floor of the House of Delegates stated that, "We believe that this bill [SB 212] is so poorly crafted, and the unintended consequences of this law demand that we take it to referendum.  The way this poorly-crafted law was written, allows a man, who sincerely believes in his heart that he is a woman, to have access to the bathroom, changing room, or locker room where there are women and little girls.  This is just not right."
While it has been said that Maryland's bill mirrors other local bills, it does not.  No other Maryland county includes the bathroom provision in their gender identity laws as noted below from the actual county laws.
Montgomery County: "(c) This division does not apply to accommodations that are distinctly private or personal."
Howard County:  "Public accommodations does not include accommodations that are distinctly private or personal."
Baltimore County(Exemption) "(4) The provision of accommodations that are distinctly private or personal."
Delegate Parrott indicated that, "There were amendments to take out the bathroom portion of this bill; they were offered many times in different ways and were rejected each time.  It was stated by supporters of SB 212 that there are 18 states that have some form of this legislation passed, but that's just not the case.  Actually, Maryland would be only 1 of 3 states that allow individuals to go into the bathroom of the opposite sex.  One of the other states, California, recently completed a referendum effort where over 600,000 signatures were gathered to take their version of the bill to referendum." has launched a petition drive to stop the bill.  To be successful,  18,579 valid signatures need to be submitted by the May 31st deadline and a total of 55,736 signatures on June 30th.  In order to make sure they have enough valid signatures, has a goal to obtain 25,000 signatures by the end of May and a total of 75,000 by the end of June.
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P.S. – Please sign the petition right now, tell your friends about it, and help other people get the petition – time is short and many people don't know about this absurd bill.
P.P.S. – Please donate $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can afford to help get the petition to more people.
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