Ohio GOP State Senator Working To Introduce Anti-Trans “Bathroom Bill” in the Buckeye State

John Becker To Introduce Anti Trans Bathroom Bill In Ohio

Notoriously anti-gay Ohio state representative John Becker wants a North Carolina-style anti-trans “bathroom law” introduced in the Buckeye State and his doing his best to make it happen.

Cincinnati.com reports:

Becker, R-Union Township, is floating a proposal that he says would protect Ohioans from sexual predators posing as transgender people to gain access to women’s bathrooms, possibly by requiring transgender people to use unisex or single-stall bathrooms.

He cited a Seattle case where a man, apparently making a point about the city’s nondiscrimination laws, undressed in a women’s locker room. The conservative American Family Association raised similar concerns while protesting Target’s transgender bathroom policy, which allows customers and employees to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. “It sounds like it’s a concern for John. It’s not much of a concern for those who live in the real world.”

“My concern is sexual predators posing as transgender people to gain access to women’s facilities,” said Becker, who represents northwestern Clermont County. “I’m not suggesting that transgender people are sexual predators. I’m sure the vast majority are honest citizens going about their daily business.”

Becker somehow managed to get elected into Ohio’s State House of Representatives in 2012. As it turns out, the myriad of wacky “letters to the editor” he wrote to the Cleveland Dispatch over those two decades seem to not be too much of a fluke, as since he’s found his way into the Ohio State Legislature, he’s continued to suggest ideas that aren’t as much partisan and conservative as they are flat out insane.

His key issue abortion, has Becker’s forte for two decades. In June of 2014, he was openly mocked after he pitched HB 351 in Ohio, which would ban insurance companies from covering abortion.  By “abortion” Becker’s  includes the most effective form of birth control, the IUD when it was explained to Becker what an IUD actually was he said, “Well, I’m not a medical doctor.”

After Ohio was asked by a federal judge to recognize gay marriages on death certificates to honor same sex couples’ benefits for the widowed spouse, Becker repeatedly calling for the impeachment of the judge who gave the ruling comparing gay marriage to polygamy and bestiality. Which comes as no  shock, considering when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage, he wrote another “letter to the editor” where he called for the entire state of Massachusetts to be kicked out of the United States. (he also advocated that they be kicked out of the United States.)

Feel free to peruse this anti-LGBT GOP right-wing  extremists voting record by clicking HERE.

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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