Ted Cruz said on Thursday April 14, 2016 that he supports North Carolina’s new discriminatory law, saying it is “perfectly reasonable.” During a televised MSNBC town hall, he stated that Transgender women using the men’s restroom is the same as allowing a man to use the women’s restroom (Washington Blade).
The North Carolina law, House Bill 2, prevents municipal governments from enacting pro-LGBT non-discrimination ordinances (NC, HB2). In addition, it prevents transgender people from using the restroom appropriate to their gender identity in schools, public restrooms, and government offices and works to align employment laws against LGBT people. Governor McCrory signed an executive order upholding the ban on gender identity recognition in public restrooms, and school, but prohibiting discrimination in government facilities (Washington Blade).
Cruz’s opinion is consistent with the Republican National Committee (RNC) opinion of opposition to gender identity recognition for transgender people when using the restroom and employment. The RNC is critical of the Obama Administration’s use of the Educational Amendment of 1972 title IX exemptions to enforce transgender rights in facilities, activities, and inclusion (Washington Blade).
More than 130 businesses have signed petitions in opposition to North Carolina’s HB 2. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Executive director, Chad Griffin, personally flew to North Carolina with the signatures to present them himself with two transgender people to speak on the issues of discrimination.
Cruz strongly defends the First Amendment right to religion is a power that can be used and enforce against other people rather than an individual right to religious freedom. Cruz is adamant that religious liberty is what bring the country together but the point in religious liberty is that no other person is bound to the other person’s religious beliefs. Americans have the liberty to their own beliefs, not the power to enforce their religious beliefs.
In addition, that most media and opposing politicians focus on the restroom inclusion in legislation is strategic, salacious, and offensive. Many more transgender people are more concerned about customer service situations where their physical presentation does not match the gender on their identification; at the department store or grocery store. Even more important are employment situations where gender on documentation does not match gender presentation. I have known transgender people who are more hindered by the differences in state –by-state document processing that makes it difficult to get the proper identification for employment or housing.
Part of the problem is the lack of understanding of transgender. A transgender woman is not a man and being transgender is a very specific medical diagnosis that only 700,000 American have. Crime is still illegal, with LGBT non-discrimination protections and LGBT people are not criminals.
Ted Cruz has already introduced an Amendment to the United States Senate that would overturn last year’s Supreme Court ruling bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional (Senate Bill). While Republican Candidate John Kasich has stated he would not have signed the discriminatory law, almost every other republican candidate in the race has signed pledges to overturn the progress made in President Obama’s two terms including the Supreme Court’s Marriage equality ruling last year (HRC.org).