I have one question for all the outraged moral police who are allegedly concerned for the safety of women and children in public restrooms because of transgender people. Just one.
If you are truly worried about the welfare of women and children, why are you not screaming and protesting over the failure of the most religious (moral?) state in our nation’s union to allow a woman to escape domestic violence safely with her children?
Do you think it escapes my notice that while you are railing on “those liberals” about the “possibilities” that men MIGHT use these bathroom laws as an opportunity to sneak in and harm women and children, that we have actual men in this state who ARE abusing women and children? And you are not doing anything about that? In fact, you actively defeated a bill that would have done something!
Guess what Mississippi Governor Bryant? While you are taking a stand on your socially conservative moral high ground against the transgender boogeymen you have invented, you have real victims in your state you have failed to protect. And every single preacher who gets behind a pulpit and devotes a minute to non-existent bathroom predators and remains mute about perpetrators of spousal and child abuse is just as guilty as you.
One in three women and one in four men have been the victim of physical domestic violence. (This does not include other forms, such as emotional, verbal, etc.) This fact is not in dispute. There are currently twelve legal grounds for divorce in this backwater hellhole, including impotence, habitual drunkenness, adultery, and incurable mental illness, but if a spouse beats the holy hell out of a partner, THAT IS NOT GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE.
Senate Bill 2418 died while y’all fought to protect your right to discriminate against others in the name of Jesus. According to the Huffington Post:
But if one spouse doesn’t want the divorce, the process is often stymied. The person seeking the divorce must settle on unfavorable terms or claim one of the 12 grounds allowed by state law, and the court will decide whether to grant it.
“What you have down here is that the one who doesn’t want the divorce just holds out for a good deal,” he said. “One party holds the other party hostage.”
Wright said domestic violence victims trying to divorce abusive partners typically allege “habitual cruel and inhuman treatment,” which is among the current legal grounds for divorce.
But that can be hard to prove unless the abuse was physical and ongoing, he said. Subtle types of abuse, like emotional, verbal and economic, are much more difficult to demonstrate.
Stacey Sarver, legal director of WomensLaw, said that while it’s common for states to include cruel and inhuman treatment or extreme cruelty as a grounds for divorce, most don’t require proof that the abuse was ongoing or “habitual.”
“It seems in Mississippi, one incident is not enough,” she said. “That is not commonly found in the statutes of other states.” (Source)
Please get off your moral high-horses and deal with actual problems. I can’t take you seriously otherwise. You are not protecting women and children at all. And on this issue, I can’t even bless your hypocritical hearts.
**Author’s note: In no way do I mean to discount the abuse men suffer in domestic violence. Statistics state that one in four men are victims of domestic abuse. This is a very serious problem, and one that deserves to be addressed equally. The law that failed to pass in Mississippi harmed men as well as women. My only reason for concentrating more on “women and children” in this article is to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the Religious Right in the current bathroom debate.
If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence, please contact:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline