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Oregon welcomes Option X

Common Sense: Going, Going… Oregon

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Scientists have found 1,559 genetic differences between boys and girls — but try telling that to Oregon officials! The radicals in the Beaver State are doing everything they can to gloss over those distinctions in their latest push to wipe gender off drivers’ licenses. In what ought to make every American shake their head, Transgender Oregonians are lobbying for the change, which would let residents identify as “nonbinary” (neither male nor female) on their most significant form of identification. Today, state leaders hosted a public hearing on the idea, which would let people choose between three options: M, F, and X.

Amazingly, in every mainstream article about the proposal, not one person brought up the obvious — which is that this isn’t about sensitivity; it’s about safety. It’s fine if you’re a kid playing make-believe, but if you’re a society in the age of terrorism, security, not to mention reality, should be the top consideration. Drivers’ licenses are meant to be the most dependable form of ID that our country offers. How can the people working to keep us safe do so when a possible suspect could be described as either a man or a woman — or neither — depending on how they feel at that particular time? Let’s face it: This kind of political correctness can kill you!

Florida officials voiced similar concerns back in 2002 when a Muslim woman insisted on wearing a burka in her driver’s license photo. She lost her challenge in court over security concerns. Why? Because it’s impossible to protect Americans when we let people hide their true identities. Unfortunately, Oregon’s liberals believe that safety isn’t as important as “self-discovery.” But by letting people create their own realities, they’re losing their grip on their own.


Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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