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Cathi Herrod wants to make it illegal to use the wrong restroom????

Mar 19, 2013

Arizona Republic

This law makes it a crime to use the wrong restroom!!!!

What rubbish. If I have to use the restroom really, really bad and all the men's restrooms are occupied I won't hesitate to use a woman's restroom.

This silly law would make it a crime to do that.

I guess Cathi Herrod wants me to p**p in my pants if all the men's rooms are occupied rather then do the sensible logical thing and use an empty women's restroom.


‘Show me your papers’ — before you pee

I was talking to City of Phoenix staffers a few weeks ago about expanding the anti-discrimination ordinance to cover LGBT residents — you know, the “bathroom bill.”

This was a few days before the six-hour City Council hearing — an endless stream of public comments — where the ordinance was approved.

One of the staffers told me he believed that Arizona law was silent on whether a man could enter a women’s public bathroom or a woman could enter a men’s room (I checked; he was right).

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy - Is she behind the bill that would make it a crime to use the bathroom of the wrong sex??? “Don’t let Cathi Herrod know,” he said. “She might try to change it.”

I think she does. I think she is.

Now there is a “bathroom bill” before the state Legislature — “show me your papers” before you pee. Read it:

A PERSON COMMITS DISORDERLY CONDUCT IF THE PERSON INTENTIONALLY ENTERS A PUBLIC RESTROOM, BATHROOM, SHOWER, BATH, DRESSING ROOM OR LOCKER ROOM AND A SIGN INDICATES THAT THE ROOM IS FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF PERSONS OF ONE SEX AND THE PERSON IS NOT LEGALLY CLASSIFIED ON THE PERSON’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS A MEMBER OF THAT SEX.
The targets are transgender residents of Arizona. They would be committing a crime (a misdemeanor) by using the wrong bathroom with the wrong birth certificate.

Legislators had told me that Herrod, leader of the Center for Arizona Policy faith group and lobbying powerhouse, was shopping for a sponsor for a bill to strike back at the City of Phoenix ordinance.

SB 1432 is a “strike-everything” bill inserted in the shell of another bill that had the same number.

I haven’t confirmed Herrod wrote it. It’s just hard to imagine anyone else dreaming it up. Phoenix’s approval of the LGBT ordinance was a personal defeat for Herrod.

The hearing on this latest “show me your papers” bill is at 2 p.m. Wednesday before GOP State Rep. John Kavanagh’s House Appropriations Committee. Same time as his first hearing on the governor’s proposed Medicaid expansion.

This one could go longer than six hours.

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Arizona Rep. John Kavanagh introduced bill SB 1432 which would put people in jail for using the bathroom of the wrong sex - Allegedly Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy is behind this bill Rep. John Kavanagh
Fountain Hills - District 8
Republican

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 307
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602)926-5170
(602)417-3108 Fax

jkavanagh@azleg.gov