Call Mike DeWine and Demand Ohio Join the NC Law Suit against the DOJ – 800-282-0515

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May 18, 2016

 

The Honorable Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General

30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

Dear Attorney General,

On behalf of the group leaders, members and citizens represented by the names below, we write to urge your office to join our Great State of Ohio in the Federal Lawsuit filed by the State of North Carolina and joined by the State of Texas, against the Federal Department of Justice.  We ask you to do this to prevent the DOJ’s “radical reinterpretation” of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments adopted in 1972, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 which is intended to deny women and children in Ohio with the right to privacy in the bathroom, locker room and shower that they have long enjoyed.

While we respect the right of all Americans, so called “transgendered rights” are not absolute and should not trump other citizen’s constitutional rights of privacy, free expression, or religious freedom. As Governor McCrory’s complaint observes, North Carolina’s law attempts to strike a balance between these competing rights and interests by providing accommodations in public facilities for transgendered individuals. But this balance is not what the Department of Justice wants to secure. Instead, it wants transgender rights to trump all other rights claims.

The text of Title VII (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” This statute was enacted by Congress and signed by the president. Title VII says nothing about gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Nevertheless, the Department of Justice, purportedly enforcing Title VII, alleges that “sex” as used in the statute should be interpreted to include one’s chosen “gender identity.” Thus, according to the Department of Justice’s interpretation, conditioning access to public restrooms, locker rooms, and prisons on the basis of one’s biological sex markers (such as male genitalia) is discrimination on the basis of gender identity, which is tantamount to discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII. In the words of the governor’s complaint, this is a “radical reinterpretation of Title VII.” Who could disagree? Sex is not gender and gender is not a protected class. Congress has been clear on that topic.

Furthermore, as Robert McFarland from the Witherspoon Institute points out, the Tenth Amendment continues to reserve powers to the states unless they are enumerated among federal powers. Thus, the most fundamental question regarding the legality of the Department of Justice’s demands is simply this: what enumerated power allows you to demand that the governor of the state of North Carolina, or Ohio, cease and desist enforcement of North Carolina’s laws? What constitutional authority allows the Obama administration to tell North Carolina or any state that it must allow individuals to enter restrooms on the basis of their chosen gender identity rather than on the basis of their biological reality? Let alone that every school in the United States, including Ohio, must allow this radical revocation of women’s rights!

It is clear, that Ohio must defend it’s Constitutional rights and the individual rights of our women and children. There is an intent in this action by President Obama and the radical leftist in his administration, not to protect transgender rights which were not an issue before this action, but to create a divisive issue and a new victim class in order to promote their anti-american agenda. We must not be bullied by our Federal Government and we must take immediate action to defend our individual rights. It is your duty as our legal representative in such matters to take decisive action on our behalf. We ask you as Attorney General of Ohio to join the suit immediately and to encourage other state Attorneys General to follow your lead.

Respectfully,

Tom Zawistowski, President

We the People Convention

Dennis Crouch, President

Greene County TEA Party

Mary LeQuyea

Cleveland Prays for Life

Cynthia Meyerson

Summit County Tea Party

Gary Woodburn

Zanesville Patriots

Debbie Gonda

Westlake 912 Group

Joyce Hammer

Toledo Tea Party

Richard and Metta Hahn

Westerville TEA Party

Anne Kaczmarek, President

Portage County TEA Party

Denver Sallee

Lake County Right to Life

Pastor Ernie Sanders

Geauga TEA Party

Denise Robertson

Preble County Commissioner

Pastor Walter Moss

Black ProLife Coalition

Melanie McVay

Summit County Tea Party

John Becker

Clermont County Tea Party

Carol Greenberg

Conservative Outlooks

Ron and Deb Baker

Top of Ohio Patriots

Jacqui Fetsko

Lake County Right to Life

Deborah Parker

Miami Valley Citizens Informed

Carl and Doris Crawford

Eastern Ohio Concerned Citizens

William A. Hanchosky

Hanchosky Posterity Concern

Janet Todaro

Liberty Camp

Molly Smith, President

Cleveland Right to Life

Keith Graber and Janet Graber

Stark-Tusc 9/12

Marlene Johnson

Green County TEA Party

Kathleen J. Burch, Psy.D. (Mrs. Rodger L. Gamblin)

Rodger L. Gamblin, Ph.D.

South Montgomery County Liberty Group

Anita Rymer

TEA Party Patriots

Susan L Boggs

Pickaway County Republican Central Committee

Gary P. Harper

Wayne County 9.12 Group

Sue Ellen King

Ohioans for Workplace Freedom

Lester Ellcessor, Chairman

The Top of Ohio Patriots Tea Party

Roderick Clay

Westerville Tea Party

Linda Harvey

Mission America

Lori Viars

Warren Co. Republican Party Executive Committee

Ricki Pepin

Institute on the Constitution

 

Carolyn Destefani

Sugarcreek Township Trustee

Dennis W. Egbert

Highland County TEA Party

Larry Heller

Clermont County Tea Party

Ethlyn Kennedy

Lorain County Totally Engaged Americans

Barbara Burkard

Ruth Thompson

Donna and Tom Czechowski

Beverly Laurito

Miami Valley Citizens Informed

Ohio Citizens:

Renata Walters

Donald and Sue McElrath

Mike and Anna Rehl

Kirsten Keusal

Linore, Michael, Kaitlin, Brian and Bethany Burkard

Lee Redkey

Angela Adam

Paul Chapman

Gary L. George, MD

Shirley Paulus

William Slater M.D.

Rhonda and Larry Mills

John M McCarty

Nancy Capps

Mark Niezgodski

Carole Weston

Garrett W. Dunn

Dr. Ed and Mrs. Dot Kurz

Anthony Ziehler

Douglas Coleman-Roush

Ron Wise

Ruth King

Lisa Moore

Brenda and Lanny Derreberry

Ed & Sharon Roloff

Jean George

|C. Maureen and Bernard Spearman

Hallie Simpson

Teresa Bowling

Linda Lallathin

James & Judith Blackburn

Marvin Schlabach

John Zastawnik

Mark A. Sherman

Richard Monroe

Rosalie Elliis

Keith and Terri Lustig

James H. Kuenzli Sr.

Brian Ames

James Tasker

Bill Reilly

David L. Dosky

Patricia Shaw

Judy Bruns

Madge Jones

Norm and Carol Miller

Gary Burden

Jennie Granato

Ronnie and Teresa Bowling

Larry and Debbie Stewart

Ray Angel

Greig McDonald

Ginny and Ed Riechman

Andy Keusal

Raymond & Cecelia Knispel

Nancy and Dennis Muntean

Cindy Berner

Elaine Fouts

Carol and Scott Barker

Richard and Judy Rogers

Jeannie Craig

Deborah Anderson

Lisha Nienhaus

Mary McCarthy

Matt Pfeiffer

Marilyn Cross

Penny Nickel

Nancy Jensen

Patrick W Fogarty

Judy Cornett

Mary and Page McGirr

Betty L. Smith

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