Bentonville, AR– Bentonville Public School District in Arkansas is waiting on the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage before deciding whether students can use locker rooms and restrooms of their “gender identity,” rather than their biological sex.
When the Supreme Court announces it decision on marriage next month, it will affect much more than whether a state can define marriage as between one man and one woman. It will affect how children as young as kindergarteners are taught, how Christian businesses are run, and even whom churches and Christian schools can hire.
Bentonville Public School District board member and Wal-Mart attorney Grant Lightle has proposed adding “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the school’s nondiscrimination policy. “The Wal-Mart attorney needs to learn that discriminating between good and bad is what consumers do every day, and most agree that allowing boys to share a shower with their daughters is not good,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
In a letter sent to the school district board, Liberty Counsel suggested that Mr. Lightle assist the mega-store in getting its own house in order before changing the school’s policies. After the mega-store added “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy, offenses increased. For example, Wal-Mart employee Martin “Marty” Ortiz in Billings, Montana, insisted on using the women’s restroom over the objections of nearly 40 female employees. The offensive behavior of Mr. Ortiz included urinating in the women’s restroom while standing up, with the stall door open.
Furthermore, the letter pointed out that when school districts add homosexuality and cross-dressing to legitimate protected classes, those districts also add those categories to the curriculum. Earlier this month, Fairfax County, Virginia, Public Schools added homosexuality and gender identity to its protected classes and two days later proposed homosexuality and transgender to the curriculum, stating that parents “do not have an opt-out option.”
“The push for transgender rights is all a part of the homosexual agenda to create sexual anarchy in order to destroy marriage, morality, and objective truth,” said Mat Staver. “This is not civil rights; this is the abolition of civil rights. It is the deconstruction of objective reality and natural law.”
Used with the permission of Liberty Counsel