The Maine Issue over School Bathrooms
By Tony Perkins
In Maine classrooms, learning about genders won’t be the problem — but ignoring them will be. Thanks to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, anatomy is becoming an irrelevant subject in local schools now that gender confusion reigns supreme. For the first time ever, a state high court has sided with a cross-dressing boy in a school bathroom dispute.
As a fifth-grader, “Nicole” Maines started using the girls bathroom, despite being born a male. That changed when the grandfather of another student complained, saying it made his granddaughter feel uncomfortable. To accommodate “Nicole,” school officials offered to let him use the staff restroom — a solution the family found offensive. When the school wouldn’t budge, the Maines sued — and Monday, won.
According to the court, administrators “can’t refuse to allow access by transgender students to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity” and ordered the school to pay the family $75,000 in damages. (Which, in reality, would be much better spent on counseling for the underlying issues motivating this behavior). “Nicole,” now 17, celebrated the ruling. “We just want to move on,” said his dad Wayne Maines. “We just want to be normal.”
But that’s exactly the problem. This isn’t normal — but it is becoming common. Schools across the country seem to be dealing with an onslaught of “gender identity” madness, which the Obama administration has not just tolerated — but encouraged. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Education fanned the flames with a new memo demanding that “transgenders” be allowed to attend single-sex classes, setting an eerie precedent that promotes gender confusion.
In Minnesota, parents have been dumbfounded by the push to neuter sports teams and let boys play on girls’ teams and vice versa. Tomorrow, one state athletic council will decide whether to give both genders a free pass to shower with and compete against both sexes. Even the ads see through this outrage, as headlines scream, “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU okay with that?”
Fortunately, thousands of moms and dads said “no way!” and flooded email accounts and phone lines with angry complaints. As one critic spelled out, “it encourages children to reject their bodies and discourages children from accepting their bodies… It actually sows gender confusion among children through the power of suggestion.”
Like us, they understand that schools aren’t the place for social experimentation. But unfortunately, too many parents have their heads stuck in the sand and not in the school’s office, where they can keep up to date on what their kids are being indoctrinated with. The transgender agenda is physically, mentally, and spiritually devastating. And the greatest weapon we have to fight it is awareness. The Left is trying to bulldoze sexual norms and your family’s values. Don’t let them. Get involved in your child’s school — before it’s too late!
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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