Apr 14, 2016

The Advocate

Wendy Davis, Beth Shipp: Bathroom Bills Are Part of the War on Women

It was nearly one year ago that millions of Americans celebrated a milestone in the march toward equality. On June 26, 2015, America became a slightly more perfect union, as our Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry. It was a historic moment, one that was celebrated by millions of Americans — a recognition that we were moving forward in the fight for equality for all.

But those celebrations had barely ended when the far right sought to undo these victories at the state and local level. Almost immediately, right-wing activists began to wage smaller wars and incremental battles: launching an onslaught of so-called religious freedom bills, “bathroom bills” and prohibitions on local nondiscrimination ordinances. Our opponents are candid about their goals — groups like the anti-LGBT legal nonprofit Liberty Counsel readily admit that they are looking to roll back advances in equality for LGBT Americans. In fact, that’s exactly what Liberty Counsel and other anti-LGBT groups promise to do in fundraising emails to supporters.