According to news reports, the State of Washington is weighing a proposed rule change that would allow people to list a third “gender” on their birth certificates.
Currently, birth certificates in Washington contain a space to list a person’s sex as male or female. Under the new rule, people who do not self-identify as either male or female would be able to put an X in that space.
Many of the people who support the rule change feel as if they are not truly male or female — calling themselves “non-binary.”
All of this reminds me of an article our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview wrote in 2014:
We’re all familiar with the argument by now: homosexual attraction is an innate characteristic—maybe genetic. Therefore, denying same-sex attracted individuals the ‘right’ to get married is the same as racism.
But an alternate narrative has appeared on the horizon, and by ‘horizon,’ I mean the cover of a recent TIME Magazine issue, where it’s used to promote the ‘T’ in the acronym ‘LGBT.’ The ‘T,’ of course, stands for ‘transgender,’—those who say their biological sex and their perceived gender don’t match. The mantra here goes, ‘I was born this way, but I want to change. In fact, I have a right to change.’
So we’re told that the biology of the ‘L,’ the ‘G,’ and the ‘B’ can’t change. But when it comes to ‘T,’ the biology doesn’t matter.
Confused? Well, you’re not alone.
You cannot in one breath say a person’s biology controls their feelings — as many homosexuals claim — and in the very next breath say a person’s feelings are more important than their biology — as transgender and “non-binary” people claim. The two arguments contradict each other.
According to news reports, a New Jersey man was recently arrested for allegedly filming women in fitting rooms at a Target store.
You may recall Target unveiled a policy letting men enter women’s restrooms, changing areas, and similar facilities in its stores nearly a year and a half ago.
In response, many people expressed public safety concerns about this policy, and more than 1.5 million people signed a pledge to boycott Target until the policy changes.
This latest incident underscores the need for Target to reverse course and protect the privacy and safety of its customers and employees in its stores.
It also reminds us that states like Arkansas need to protect the privacy and safety of public school students and others when it comes to showers, locker rooms, restrooms, and similar facilities in public schools and other government buildings.
Photo Credit: By Mike Kalasnik from Fort Mill, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Target’s CEO does not seem to regret the company’s decision to invite men into the women’s changing areas and restrooms at its stores–but he does regret the fact the policy was so widely publicized.
You may recall last year Target announced on its website that customers and employees at its stores would be able to use the changing areas and restrooms of their choice rather than their biological sex.
Many people expressed public safety concerns about this decision, and more than a million people signed agreements to boycott Target.
Now Target’s CEO Brian Cornell admits, “Target didn’t adequately assess the risk [about publicizing the policy], and the ensuing backlash was self-inflicted.”
Of course, Target has not changed its policy as of today, and nearly 1.5 million Americans are still boycotting the retail chain as a result.