When Democrats held control of Iowa government in 2007 they put in place one radical addition to the Iowa Civil Rights Code. They made sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes in Iowa.
Republicans, however, have controlled Iowa government for five years, yet Iowa continues to provide these radical protections. It should be worth pointing out that it is impossible to have protected classes of “sex” and “gender identity” because they are in constant conflict.
For example, women and men are supposed to have these protections based on “sex,” “biology,” “body parts” — whatever you want to call it. But when gender identity is also granted special protections — such as using the showers at the local swimming pool that conform to their perceived gender identity — the protections of biological women to use showers only with other biological women at the pool are thrown out the window.
These protected classes are in direct conflict with one another. Biological women — actual women — cannot be protected if actual men who “identify” as women are also protected.
It may be direct and overly simplistic, but it seems to be the case.
Look at the other states Iowa is “in bed with” on this issue and ask yourself, should Iowa — a state that overwhelmingly went to President Donald J. Trump twice and has GOP control of the entire state government — really be on this list?
Utah is literally the only other “red” state on that list. And even Utah is a bit of a question mark when it comes to standing against the radical LGBTQ insanity as it instituted a conversion therapy ban.
Take that same list and look up the U.S. Senators:
Independents: 2 (Bernie Sanders and Angus King)
Republicans: 5 (all from Utah or Iowa — yes, Mitt Romney, Mike Lee, Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley — and Susan Collins)
So this isn’t exactly a list of swing states. What the heck is Iowa doing on it?
Is that the kind of company you expect a Republican Iowa House, a Republican Iowa Senate and a Republican Governor of Iowa to keep? Is it?
Is this how we keep Iowa moving forward?
According to the ACLU — yes, the ACLU — there is no federal law that provides special protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public accommodations — restaurants, theaters, other businesses.
But, the ACLU adds, state and local laws may provide special protections.
Which is exactly what Iowa has done since 2007. Iowa has done it with a Democrat-controlled government, and they’ve done it with a Republican-controlled government for the last five years.
And that is one big reason why a middle teenaged biological female was allowed to use the Pella Aquatic Center topless and use the male facilities at the center.