February 15, 2016 Newsletter

(The February 15, 2016 Newsletter content includes these topics: Sex-Neutral Public Accommodations, Hemp/Marijuana Connection, In-State Cultivation of Marijuana,Side-stepping the Electoral College with NPV, Restrooms: Privacy Rights of Students)

H.B. 849 Unisex in Public Accommodations
Separate Restrooms for Males and Females would be Illegal in Public Facilities

H.B. 849, “The Georgia Civil Rights in Public Accommodations Act,” was introduced January 27th by Representative Rich Golick, and assigned to his House Judiciary Non Civil Committee. It requires nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in any place of public accommodations. H.B. 849 was introduced, specifically, as a means to add sexual orientation as a protected civil rights status. That was done in committee when the word “sex” was added. Meaning, it will require sex neutral public accommodations in Georgia.

Exception is Ambiguous
H.B. 849 “shall not apply to a private establishment, except¹ to the extent that facilities of such private establishment perform as a place of public accommodation.”
Conversation with the author of H.B. 849: “What will you do if someone tries to amend H.B. 849 with ‘gender,’ ‘gender identity’ or ‘sexual orientation’?” His reply, “No gender, no gender identity, but I don’t know about sexual orientation.” Then he was asked, “Does sexual orientation include gender and gender ID?” He didn’t answer, but, yes, it does. Currently, 58 identifications are acknowledged sexual orientations. Some of the 58 are listed in footnote 3.
The U.N. is lobbying for five² genders; Australia’s Human Rights Commission acknowledges 23 genders; Facebook and the Australian Broadcasting Commission recognize 583 genders.

Background. In the February 8th subcommittee meeting, Representative Taylor Bennett proposed amending H.B. 849 to prohibit discrimination based on “religion, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or veteran’s status.” The subcommittee defeated that amendment 6-4, but he offered it again the next day. Then, Representative Beskin offered “sex” as a one-word amendment and it passed. Then, the full committee voted 8-5 to pass the amended bill into the Rules Committee where sex should be deleted, because its multiple genders (behaviors) have been expanded far beyond natural male/female contact.

Give this message to the Rules Committee: “Delete the word ‘sex’ from H.B. 849
or defeat the bill.” Note: See page four to learn about students’
right to privacy in restrooms, etc.

ACTION – Oppose. Call any or all on the following list and ask them to defeat the bill or remove the word “sex.” House Rules Committee Representatives Meadows, Ch., 404 656-5141; Harrell, V-Ch., 656-0254; Richard Smith, Sec., 656-6831; Abrams, 656-5058; Ballinger, 656-0254; Benton, 463-3793; Burns, 656-5052; Cooper, 656-5069; Dempsey, 463-2247; Dickson, 463-2247; Drenner, 656-0202; Ehrhart, 463-2247; Evans, 656-6372; Fleming, 656-0152; Golick, 656-5943; Greene,656-0202; Hugley, 656-5058; Jackson, 656-0314; Jan Jones, 656-5072; Knight, 656-5099; Morris, 656-5115; Parrish, 463-2247; Peake, 656-5132; Alan Powell, 463-3793; Jay Powell, 656-7855; Ramsey, 656-5024; Rice, 656-5912; Carl Rogers, 656-7855; Terry Rogers, 651-7737; Setzler, 656-7857; Sims, 656-7857; Lynn Smith, 656-7149; Smyre, 656-0116; Stephens, 656-5115; Weldon, 656-5105; Willard, 656-5125; and Al Williams, 656-6372.
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¹ Does that exception include (a) public facilities at religious events held in public buildings or (b) nonreligious events held in facilities owned and operated by religious entities?
² Male, female, asexual, transsexual, and hermaphrodite
³ Included in the 58 genders: agender, androgyne, androgynous, bigender, cisgender, cis female, cis male, gender fluid, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, gender variant, genderqueer, intersex, neither, neutrois, non-binary, pangender, transgender, trans person, transfeminine, transmasculine, transsexual, transsexual female, transsexual male, transsexual person and two-spirit.

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January 15, 2016 Radio Commentary

War on Traditional Morality goes “Full Speed Ahead!”

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 15, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Today ends the first week of this legislative session that convened with a back-breaking workload of bills from last session. It wouldn’t be so bad if the bills were about issues that don’t mean much, whether they pass or fail. But, that’s not the case!

Schools have become a major battlefield where the vicious war on morality is waged and is being intensified through the legislative process. Last session, Representative Keisha Waites introduced H.B. 40 to force public and private schools to give sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity civil rights status in instances of bullying. Non cooperative schools would suffer the consequences. The problem is: the definition of bullying has been expanded to include any negative comment to anyone.

If H.B. 40 were to pass, all public schools and all private schools would be forced to discard life-long policies that support traditional morality and replace them with blatant affirmation of alternate lifestyles. If that were to happen, students would lose their freedom of speech. They couldn’t say anything negative about any lifestyle.

Also last year, H.B. 142 was introduced by Representative Simone Bell. It would penalize schools that refuse to adopt pro-homosexual policies. The penalty outlined in her bill would be to withhold scholarship money from any school that would not implement the change. Continue reading

June 5, 2015 Radio Commentary

“Gender Fluidity” Confusion

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, June 5, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Not too long ago, we learned that the terms gender and sex have different definitions. In this culture, the word gender indicates sexual behavior, but sex biologically identifies as male or female humans, animals, plants, and other living things. However, the politically correct phrase, “gender neutral,” was coined to propagate the false notion that no one is male or female, man or woman, boy or girl.

Alongside the attempt at gender neutrality comes another term called “gender fluidity,” meaning gender is not settled or fixed, which conveniently provides “wiggle-room” for males who claim to be females and females who claim to be males, and cross-dress, either temporarily or permanently, day-by-day or forever.

Before you decide that’s too absurd to be true, consider this May 15th FoxNews.com report. “One of the nation’s largest public school systems is preparing to include gender identity in its classroom curriculum, including lessons on sexual fluidity and spectrum – [promoting] the idea that there’s no such thing as 100 percent boys or 100 percent girls.” Continue reading

May 1, 2015 Radio Commentary

Children, Adults & Sexual Orientation Bills

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 1, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Without exception, bills promoting alternate lifestyles are introduced every year in Georgia, and the five bills we’re considering today fit that category. Not one of them passed, but all five are alive for action in the 2016 session.

Representative Keisha Waites (D) pre-filed H.B. 40 on January 9th, but waited until March 2nd to introduce it. Initially, it went to the House Education Committee but was moved to the Juvenile Justice Committee, where it remains until 2016. So, that committee will decide next year whether public and private schools should be forced to give sexual orientation, gender and gender identity civil rights status in bullying situations. Actually, H.B. 40 is unnecessary, because Georgia law was rewritten years ago to treat all students equally when bullying is an issue.

On January 29th Representative Simone Bell (D) introduced H.B. 142, requiring schools and nonpublic pre-kindergarten, primary and secondary schools to adopt LGBT-affirming policies. LGBT is short for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transsexual. Schools and programs that refuse to implement such policies would not be eligible to receive student scholarships. H.B. 142 was left in the House Education Committee for consideration in 2016. Continue reading