Newfoundland gvmt will put forward transgender ‘bathroom bill’
ST JOHN’S, Newfoundland, November 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Newfoundland’s justice minister has announced he will be put a bill forward to change the province’s Human Rights Act to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” in the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
If passed, Newfoundland would be the fifth province or territory to pass these amendments to its Human Rights Act, following Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories.
The federal “bathroom bill,” as it’s been dubbed by critics, to add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the Canadian Human Rights Act is still before the Senate after passing the House of Commons.
Numerous family organizations have opposed the bill, saying that it would open a Pandora’s box of sexual anarchy, including giving biological men a legal alibi to use women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and changing rooms.
Jack Fonseca, Project Manager with Campaign Life Coalition, has called the bill “lunacy.”
“The right to ‘gender expression’ will be interpreted by the courts as giving men the right to ‘express their gender’ by using a girl’s washroom, change room or shower,” warned Fonseca in an interview with LifeSiteNews.
In Newfoundland, New Democrat MHA Gerry Rogers has been pushing the government to amend the act, and Justice Minister Darin King will now bring a bill to the House of Assembly.
‘Transgender rights’ are already included under sex in the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination, but King says that the amendment will “enhance the language.”
King will be bringing a bill to the House within the next few weeks.