That’s literally as well as figuratively. The race is being framed as a “referendum on discrimination” by mainstream outlets such as the Associated Press, but the real flash point is whether people in the state should be able to relieve themselves in the bathroom of their choice, rather than be limited to the facility expressly designated for their biological sex.
The subject of toilet privilege has become the latest tug-of-war between liberals, who see this as an human rights issue, and conservatives, which include North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, a Republican, who is seeking re-election. McCrory this week signed into law a bill that permits private schools, restaurants, and other businesses to establish whatever bathroom policies they’d like, while limiting access to government bathrooms based on God-given plumbing.
It seems like a fair compromise, but McCrory’s detractors, including his key Democratic opponent, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, see the toilet as half empty. In a video released by CNN, Cooper calls the law a “national embarrassment.”
Apropos of the debate over where a person chooses to do his business when nature calls is the frequently overlooked (by the left) question of whether people comfortable in the skin they were born into have rights as well. This issue arose last month in Seattle when a man entered a women’s locker room and began undressing, asserting his right to do so under a city ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. When women complained that they felt “exposed and vulnerable,”a Parks spokesman said they were still working out the details.