As you’ve no doubt heard, the Montana Family Foundation is working hard to pass a ballot initiative that would restrict bathroom and locker room use to ” members of one sex” and prohibit ” persons from using a protected facility other than the facility that is designated for that person’s sex.” The proposal is an expensive, bigoted effort to raise funds for the Montana Family Foundation and help Republicans win elections, the consequences to human beings and the Montana economy notwithstanding.
We’ll certainly talk more here about why this is a terrible initiative, but today I want to focus on how the Montana Family Foundation made the best argument against this proposal today on Facebook. From the MFF:
The comments on the Billings Gazette’s Facebook page on this are pretty clear – Montanan’s (sic) WANT their children to be protected while at school and DO NOT want them sharing private spaces with the opposite sex.
There’s no qualification there, no rejection of hateful rhetoric, and no sign that the Montana Family Foundation is concerned about whipping up ill-founded hatred against transgender human beings. So let’s take a look at the kind of rhetoric they’re endorsing as justification for the measure, shall we?
(Typically, I would not post the names of people who are not public figures, but given the eagerness with which these people exposed their views on a public Facebook page, it seemed appropriate.)
Quite the horrific display endorsed by the good people at the Montana Family Foundation, who seem to have missed reading the second half of the Bible and its talk about love in their effort to fundraise off the pain of LGBTQ teenagers. It’s hard not to note that the Montana Family Foundation failed to reject homophobic, discriminatory, and even threatening language here.
The comments on this post (and their endorsement by the Montana Family Foundation) make an excellent case for rejecting this ballot initiative. The transgender community is subject to violence, abuse, and threats from people who seek to strip them of their humanity.
There are millions of economic reasons to reject this hateful proposal, but I’d like to believe that Montanans will reject it out of basic human decency. Do you really want your signature on a proposal that people like this support?