One significant event in the past week that seems to have been glossed over in the media was the decision by the Iowa Supreme Court in the case of Vroegh vs. Iowa Department of Corrections, et al. The ISC ruled that under the Iowa Civil Rights Code (ICRC), which includes “Gender Identity” as a protected class, a person under the guise of “Gender Identity” cannot be required to use the bathroom and other private facilities that correspond to their biological sex. In other words, a man posing as a woman cannot be legally prevented from using the women’s restroom and shower facilities in any business or public facility, and vice versa for women posing as men. There are provisions in the Iowa code to protect schools and religious institutions from this insanity, but we know that federal Department of Education dictates have encroached on our schools in this regard as well. Gender Identity was added to the ICRC in 2007 when the Democrats controlled both chambers and the governor’s office. I have filed legislation to strip Gender Identity from the Iowa Civil Rights code twice now, but have not been able to gain the support I need to get it passed. With this ruling by the ISC, I hope to gain some traction on this issue. However, with little outcry from the public, possibly because of the blind eye our media has turned on this decision, it continues to be an uphill battle. Until we strip Gender Identity, no woman can count on her privacy in public and business restrooms and shower facilities in Iowa.
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