Rand Casts a Paul on Radical Bathroom Bill

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It’s a different kind of blitz than the owner of the Houston Texans is used to — but Bob McNair isn’t budging. A conservative fixture in the NFL, Bob McNair expected some pushback after coming out in opposition to the city’s bathroom bill. Once news of his $10,000 contribution to the repeal effort made headlines, the “tolerant” side went into attack mode. Yesterday, the blowback was so fierce that McNair released a statement, explaining that Houston is known for its “diversity,” which should apply to everyone — including people with natural views of marriage and sexuality.

“We are a city that works to ensure that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly. I strongly believe that everyone who lives or works in or visits Houston should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because of the way the HERO ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. This problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to the voters.”

According to pollsters, it’s anyone’s guess who has the edge in the battle on the November ballot. Although SurveyUSA released numbers showing 45% support, 36% opposition, and 20% undecided, most experts aren’t fooled by the gap. Mark Jones, the political science chair at Rice University, cautioned ordinance supporters against celebrating just yet. “You really do have to consider that a majority, or perhaps three quarters of people who say they’re undecided or say they have no response, will end up if they turn out, will end up voting no.”

Meanwhile, Bob McNair isn’t the only one in the Left’s doghouse after his stand. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who took an outspoken position against gender confusion bills, is being blasted by the media and a handful of college kids. According to a Des Moines newspaper, some students left the speech where Paul urged people to leave their sex lives at home and started peeling Rand Paul 2016 bumper stickers off their cars.

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“I thought, ‘What century does this guy live in?'” said one LGBT activist. “He exhibited such bias, real homophobia and transphobia,” she said. All Senator Paul suggested is leaving employers alone to make the decisions that are best for their businesses — not what’s best for the gender confused. And somehow conservatives are the intolerant ones? It’s ironic. Liberals want to be free to visit the public restroom of their choice, but they don’t want to extend that freedom to people to express their choice in public policy!

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Tony Perkins
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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