Saturday, May 10, 2014

Maryland Bathroom Bill Referendum



Dear Friend,

Do you have a few minutes?  As you probably know, the Maryland legislature recently passed SB 212 – the “Bathroom Bill”.  Under the guise of "fairness," this bill forces businesses to allow men to use women’s restrooms, shower rooms, locker rooms, etc. and vise versa if they do no more than claim that they are the opposite sex.  Of course, this creates a serious safety hazard, especially for our young girls.


The new bill defines “gender identity” as “the gender–related identity, appearance, expression, or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth, which may be demonstrated by: (1) consistent and uniform assertion of the person’s gender identity; or (2) any other evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as part of the person’s core identity” (emphasis added).  There it is – gender identity must simply be held as part of one’s “core identity”.  No test or requirement.  No way to call out someone who is simply a predator and has just found an easy way to get in the bathroom with your daughter – until it’s too late.
Currently, Maryland law allows for the separation of men’s and women’s facilities in businesses that are open to the public.  There is a reason – protection of privacy and safety This bill does not exempt bathrooms – unless the affected business creates an “equivalent space” for those who claim to be the gender that they are not, a provision that could likely be struck down in court.
This bill does outrage Marylanders.  I have found that about 99% of the people I talk to think the “Bathroom Bill” is absurd and wrong and they are eager to sign the petition to send SB 212 to the ballot this year.  You can find the petition here if you haven’t signed it already.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know about the shocking part of this bill.  In order to get the bill on the ballot, we need to collect a minimum of 55,736 valid signatures by June 30th - 18,579 of those by the end of this month.



Only your efforts will stop this bill from becoming Maryland law. Here are a few things you can do to help meet the deadline:

  1. Sign the petition
  2. Share with your family, friends, and neighbors:
    1. Email
    2. Post on Facebook
    3. Tweet @MDPetitions  (#bathroombill #notfair #sb212)
    4. Oh, and of course, the old telephone and word of mouth.
  3. Get a volunteer packet and collect signatures from people you know.
    1. The packet comes with petition sheets, a copy of the actual bill, instructions, and an envelope – all in a downloadable PDF.

Our time is limited – if we do not collect 25,000 signatures (at least 18, 579 valid) by May 31, this bill will be Maryland law.
I hope you will help us get this nonsense bill on the ballot for the voters of Maryland to decide on before it’s too late.
Thank you for your support.

Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman



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.


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