You Could be Fined $250,000 for using the Wrong Pronoun
How many times were we told that legalizing same-sex sexuality and its kissing cousin transgenderism would not affect people who do not engage in same-sex sexuality or decide not to modify their true sexuality?
Homosexuals and their advocates kept telling a gullible public that they were all about “live and let live.” If there was a TIME magazine cover for “Lie of the Year,” this would have been it.
We’ve seen that people who oppose same-sex sexuality have been dragged into court because they refused to service same-sex weddings. A florist in Richland, Washington, is experiencing the “live and let live” lie.
“The state attorney general says the Washington Supreme Court should uphold a decision ordering a Richland florist to stop discriminating against same-sex couples.
“The Tri-City Herald reports Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a 64-page brief Wednesday supporting the Benton County Superior Court decision.
“‘Defendants refused to serve Mr. Ingersoll when he sought flowers for his wedding to his partner, Mr. Freed. This was discrimination based on sexual orientation, pure and simple,’ Ferguson wrote in the brief.
“The decision found the refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation by Adele’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman violated Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer-protection laws.” (H/T: The Blaze)
You should note that the Washington AG did not say that the florist refused to sell flowers to homosexuals but that the refused to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding. Could the same florist have refused to sell flowers to a couple for a KKK-themed wedding? Most certainly.
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Then there’s this from New York City. At first I thought the following was from a parody site:
“The New York City Commission on Human Rights has issued rules that fine employers for referring to transsexuals by their real gender.
“The new ‘guidance’ (‘NYC Pronoun Ban’), which has power to levy hefty fines against ‘violators’ who ‘discriminate,’ is an extension of the New York City Human Rights Law, based on the city’s laws against gender discrimination.
“Failing to use an individual’s preferred name or pronoun, under the new ban, will be considered a violation of New York City Human Rights Law, punishable by fines up to $250,000.
“Refusal to use a transgender employee’s preferred name, pronoun, or title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment,’ the new NYC Pronoun Ban reads.”
“Live and let live” has become “live our way or we’ll sue you and ruin your life.”
Here’s the worst part of this new law. A person can file a complaint “with the Commission within one year of a ‘discriminatory act,’ and file with the New York Supreme Court within three years of a ‘discriminatory act.’ Significantly, the new ban does not qualify ‘discriminatory acts’ as ‘alleged.'” (H/T: Life Site News)
All the power is in the hands of the accuser. Even if there was no “discrimination” in the use of the “wrong pronoun,” a person accused of such a heinous crime could spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend himself (or is it “itself”?).
The “GENDER IDENTITY/GENDER EXPRESSION: LEGAL ENFORCEMENT GUIDANCE” law is not only draconian in its conception, but it is draconian in the length of its specifications. There are enough legal provisions to trip up any person. Of course that’s why these types of laws are written.
Here’s just one of the definitions:
“Gender: an individual’s actual or perceived sex, gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior, or expression, whether or not that gender identity, self-image, appearance, behavior or expression is different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned at birth.”
Fascism comes in many shapes and sizes. Here’s the latest manifestation.