Bigotry Should Be Expensive In North Carolina
I am a loss to try and rationalize why there is such rancor from conservatives about which restroom a person choses to use.
I can understand why people differ on how tax cuts should be structured, if our oil reserves should to tapped into, or if civil service exams should be jettisoned for some other method of hiring workers. But there is no way for me to fathom how all of a sudden the use of a restroom is front and center for so many on the far-right in this country.
Today it was reported the Justice Department has filed a counter-suit against the state of North Carolina, just hours after Gov. Pat McCrory sued the Obama administration over the Justice Department’s demand that the state stop implementing a law blocking protections for gay and transgender individuals.
While I applaud the department’s decision I am stunned at the level of bigotry and contempt that some Republicans in North Carolina have for those who are gay or transgender.
The action from the Justice Department seeks a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the state’s House Bill 2. That simply absurd piece of legislation requires transgender individuals to use bathrooms that align with the gender listed on their birth certificate, as opposed to their gender identity. Why this matter is of such importance–and frankly all of a sudden–has nothing to do with the actual use of a restroom.
Instead once again conservatives are creating a wedge issue for partisan aims. It is also a way to raise money from simple-minded people who are not able to see this matter for what it is.
Today’s lawsuit from the department names as defendants the state of North Carolina, McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the University of North Carolina System and the UNC Board of Governors. Such a tangled mess that was created by that state and their leading lowest common denominators will be expense for them.
As it should be.
First there are many who are boycotting that state. Those efforts will only intensify and substantially cost the state in lost revenue.
Second, though McCrory is seeking another term in office, people will see his lawsuit from earlier in the day to be nothing more than a very expensive re-election effort. An effort it needs noting that the taxpayer will need to be responsible for. McCrory was never in good shape for re-election but this will only further erode his standing in the state.
No matter how one cuts, dices, or spins this mess one thing is clear. Bigotry is expensive.
It will cost the taxpayers much money as lawyers fight. It will likely cost the election of a Republican governor. It will further erode the image of the GOP who needs to find a way to land in the current flow of society.
And all because three-thumbers are upset about which restroom someone choses to use.