OHIO: Wingnut Lawmaker Floats “Bathroom Bill”

Notorious crackpot Ohio state Rep. John Becker wants a North Carolina-style anti-trans “bathroom law” in his own state. Cincinnati.com reports:

Becker, R-Union Township, is floating a proposal that he says would protect Ohioans from sexual predators posing as transgender people to gain access to women’s bathrooms, possibly by requiring transgender people to use unisex or single-stall bathrooms.

He cited a Seattle case where a man, apparently making a point about the city’s nondiscrimination laws, undressed in a women’s locker room. The conservative American Family Association raised similar concerns while protesting Target’s transgender bathroom policy, which allows customers and employees to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. “It sounds like it’s a concern for John. It’s not much of a concern for those who live in the real world.”

“My concern is sexual predators posing as transgender people to gain access to women’s facilities,” said Becker, who represents northwestern Clermont County. “I’m not suggesting that transgender people are sexual predators. I’m sure the vast majority are honest citizens going about their daily business.”

But LGBT advocates say Ohio already laws against sexually assaulting anyone anywhere, which would include bathrooms. Becker’s proposal would solve no problems, and only create angst for transgender people, Equality Ohio spokesman Grant Stancliff said.

You may recall that in 2014 Becker called for impeaching the federal judge who had ruled that the marriage of Jim Obergefell should be recognized on his late husband’s death certificate. And we all know how THAT worked out. (Tipped by JMG reader Debra)

RELATED: Becker’s Facebook page is full of anti-trans attacks.

  • Todd20036

    I’d like to hope that Ohioians are a bit smarter than NCs

    • Stupid knows no political boundaries.

      • Todd20036

        Maybe, but most stupid people are republican

    • Rebecca Gardner

      You’ve obviously never been to Ohio.

      • Rex

        I see dumb people. On a daily basis.

        • Gustav2

          You lookin’ at me?

  • oikos

    Predator proposes bathroom bill in epic case of projection

    http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y138/dustin55423/video%20slide/projector.gif .

    • Michael Rush
      • barracks9

        How nice to see Bill Gaither with then-BF Mark Lowry in between one of their many spats/breakups. If you’ve ever seen the play The Nance, Mark Lowry was IT for decades on this particular “Homecoming” brand of gospel tent revival music shows.

      • Show us on the dolly where the bad gospel singer touched you.

        • barracks9

          I am reminded of Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women, castigating herself for being attracted to a televangelist (Swaggart, I think). I have the same issue with one of the Gaither gospel singers, Guy Penrod. He has a sort of Sam Elliot quality to him, and a huge…voice. I dislike that he makes my nipples hard.

          • Michael Rush

            A huge Penrod ?

          • Christopher Smith

            It is really hard to believe anyone would use the name ‘Guy Penrod’ for anything but a PORN nom de guerre…..it is classic.

        • rickhfx

          On my pee pee and hole, with his cross “penis” he said god made him do it.

        • 2karmanot

          It was the Organist!

      • rickhfx

        A song for pedophiles.

      • Hank

        How about the REAL version: Babs in Central Park


        • Michael Rush

          I was sure I could find a Clay Aiken version , but no luck .

    • Todd20036

      I remember those back in grade school!

  • bkmn

    Go for it asswipe. Make yourself a fool in front of the entire country. Onio may be a state that can be conservative but there is a large business community that will support the LGBT side.

  • Sam_Handwich

    i kind of get the idea that the Ohio GOP leadership will quietly kill this idea …. not for any ethical reasons, but because their Governor is a presidential candidate, RNC convention is there and they’re trying to defend a senate seat that could flip.

    • crewman

      It amazes me that they are so insanely fearful of all kinds of imagined harm that might come from a transgender person using a restroom the GOP doesn’t agree to, when there hasn’t been case #1 of a problem in places where trans people can use the bathroom that feels right to them, while at the same time, the GOP ties the country in knots to avoid even the smallest, common-sense step to curb gun violence, which a very real problem with a long and tragic list of bodies to show for it.

      • Octoberfurst

        I feel the same way. This current hysteria about trans people using the bathroom of their choice is mind-boggling. It’s the Right’s latest boogeyman. Don’t get me wrong–they still hate and fear gays, Moslem’s and secularists but they have added trans people to their list of people they despise.
        Now we have them wringing their hands over all the supposed sexual assaults that are gonna take place in the ladies room. Yep big burly guys wearing women’s wigs are gonna rush in and rape little Susie. At least that is how it plays out in their vivid imaginations. Remember their fear-mongering when gays were allowed to openly serve in the military? The Right was screaming that gay soldiers would be raping their straight colleagues in the showers. Yep there was gonna be a rape epidemic! So what happened? Nothing. No rapes. No straight soldiers pressured into sex. Just like there is gonna be no rapes in the ladies room by trans people.

    • Gustav2

      But wait until next year with the pissed off loser Kasich.

  • Michael Smith

    “Becker, R-Union Township, is floating a proposal that he says would protect Ohioans from sexual predators posing as transgender people to gain access to women’s bathrooms,”

    When he’s done with that, he needs to write a bill to deal with the problem of backyard unicorn breeding.

  • PickyPecker
    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Also they keep talking about how everybody should go to church while ignoring thousands of kids get preyed on there.

      I think religion needs to be tainted by the fact that so often when the perp is a high level church member, they demand the victim forgive the perp and keep quiet and pray to be forgiven for being a temptation.

      • Mildred Peterson

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    • WebSlinger
  • Rebecca Gardner

    Extra! Extra!
    Rep. John Becker sees the damage HB2 has done to North Carolina and believes strongly he can kill Ohio’s economy quicker. When asked for a comment Rep. Becker said, “Nobody beats Ohio in the race to the bottom.”

    • Todd20036

      I’ve beaten several people on the race to the bottom, but then, I’m more inclined to share the bottom once I reach him.

      • Menergy


    • Michael Rush

      Maybe he should apply for work in Flint Michigan .

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I notice that the bookshelf behind him has no books on it.

    • Sam_Handwich

      that’s a bong in the top right corner

        • djcoastermark

          kinda looks like a St. Andrews cross to me in there.

        • Robincho

          The ne plus ultra of cluelessness, causing insulin sales to spike…

        • lymis

          Oh. My.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Likely a crack bong.

    • PickyPecker
    • Rex

      But three coffee mugs, so you know this creep is in the men’s room posing as a normal bladder emptying mind your own business republican.

  • bryan

    ‘Predators’ could just as easily ‘pose’ as Rep John Becker.

  • Blake Jordan

    Who looks at what is going on in North Carolina (and Mississippi) ands thinks: “Let us try that out…”

    • chris10858

      If Republicans had any sense, they’d stop being Republicans. LOL

  • WIGuy

    I can see a day when all bathrooms are unisex. Seriously, the toilet is not a sexy place.

    • i’m so tempted to tell my bathroom stall sex story. heh. but you’re right, generally it’s not a sexy place. 😉

  • MBear

    A more insidious, believable, and existing threat to humanity would be christians posing as human.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Wait. Time out. I have a grammatical issue to discuss.

    “he says would protect Ohioans from sexual predators POSING as transgender people to gain access to women’s bathrooms”

    Think about that sentence for a moment. He’s admitting that transwomen are not the threat but rather sexual predators are. Doesn’t Ohio already have laws on the books regarding sexual predators?

    Wait, never mind, I’m sorry, I was using logic again. This isn’t about protecting the people of Ohio, this is about harming the lives of LGBT people. What was I thinking. I’m sorry. I’ll stop using logic when I read these things.

    • Piercedchrlz

      What have we said about using the devils logic? Huh?

      • Bj Lincoln

        Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!! That is great!

    • Gustav2

      Logic? You should know better.

      At least the reports of no T’s doing this has sunk in, but…

    • popebuck1

      “Wolves could dress in sheep’s clothing and prey on the unsuspecting. Therefore we must crack down on SHEEP. Those nasty evil sheep!”

    • BobSF_94117

      Doesn’t Ohio already have laws on the books regarding sexual predators?

      Their point, such as it is, is that a claim of transgenderism on the part of a suspicious lurker is enough to stop police from doing anything. I would say they’re crazy, but there have been a couple cases at least where people were too accommodating to even ask the lurker what was going on or press him for proof. It’s a bit of a mess, but nothing a jury couldn’t figure out.

      • lymis

        In reality, trans people aren’t likely to be lurking by any rational definition, unless the stalls are backed up, and in a ladies room, that would mean watching women touch up their makeup and wash their hands.

        In practice, however, a trans person wouldn’t have to be doing anything other than existing for a certain type of person to claim all sorts of horrors on their part.

    • Christopher Smith

      Rebecca. Take a deep breath. You’re trying to connect Rethugs and logic.
      That would be the empty set. They touch at no point.

  • Robincho

    When I think of bathrooms, I think of toilets. When I think of toilets, I think of things that float. And when I think of things that float, from now on I will think of Becker…

  • Guess

    Aside, but whatever happened with Crazy Akron Lady? She was fun.

    • Robincho

      Opal’s good — still just sittin’ there, rockin’ back and forth on her haunches in the corner, eatin’ spiders like she does…

      • Gustav2

        Opal is from Toledo.

        • Robincho

          Probably working for scale…

  • WebSlinger
  • WebSlinger
  • hdtex

    Dude has some serious issues. Someone needs to look into his computer’s browser history.

    • Frostbite

      hell no. definitely don’t want to know what he browses on 4chan!

  • stuckinthewoods

    semi-OT: I wish I could report that the very recent “bathroom” victory in Virginia was final. (The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Gavin Grimm so their decision covered VA, WV, NC, SC and MD.) Unfortunately the Gloucester County School Board announced it will appeal the decision to the full circuit court.

    • Reality.Bites

      Which, I hasten to add, doesn’t mean they will agree to hear the appeal.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        And likely won’t.

    • lymis

      The appeal is actually a good thing, in an unfortunate sort of way. Because these laws aren’t going away, in one form or another, without the intervention of the courts, and we need to get them to as many applicable circuit courts sooner rather than later.

      It’s not going to be settled until it gets to SCOTUS.

      At the same time, remember, the court ruling was not about the general constitutionality or unconstitutionality of discrimination against trans people, but about the constitutionality of the Department of Education choosing how to interpret the language of Title IX as it relates to public schools. The court did not declare that the federal government was required to interpret it that way, but only that it could legitimately do so.

      So to be overturned, the full court would have to find that the federal government is constitutionally obligated to discriminate against transgender students. That’s simply unlikely to happen.

      That court ruling really had nothing directly to do with “bathroom bills” outside of the context of public schools. So, it’s also vastly less likely to get overturned on some sort of general principle. That means it is likely to stand as, if not a precedent, a solid factor counting AGAINST such broader laws as they face their own, independent challenges.

      We’ve had one circuit court declare that LGBT people require heightened scrutiny already. Others (though not in the South any time soon) will likely follow.

      It’ll take 5 – 10 years, but it’ll eventually happen. Sucks in the meantime, and absolutely every reason to pursue other avenues toward equality, but that’s how this part of the system works.

  • delk

    Predators? Has he looked in the mirror?

  • popebuck1

    They really think it’s still 2004, and these are the new “gay marriage amendment” laws that are gonna get all the “values voters” to the polls while everyone else ignores them. They have no idea how much the tide has turned in the meantime.

  • NancyP

    Well, Clermont County…..

  • BobSF_94117

    He cited a Seattle case where a man, apparently making a point about the
    city’s nondiscrimination laws, undressed in a women’s locker room.

    So, apparently (and do I have to say it again?), the actual problem is right-wingers?

    • lymis

      And straight men. Not ALL straight men, but certainly not transwomen.

      • peacfulseas inWA

        They have little knowledge the effects of hormone treatment,hrt, to the sexual appetite of a transwoman after just a few months. I’ll spare the gentlemen here with the details.


    I totally see him as a floater.

  • Philly Mike

    It was probably a religious right creep in Seattle that stripped in a Women’s restroom so once again we need to fear those on the right.


    If you really want to protect children keep Republican politicians and members of the clergy away from children.

  • Curieux Bleu

    Unnecessary and ridiculous “solutions” for so called problems that are non-existent.

    Design built to cause all kinds of hateful frictions and real problems, in bills chock full of other bullshit and nasty anti-people measures in many cases.

    Totally it is HATEFUL red meat PANDERING to a bat shit loco ignorant and bigoted base who haven’t got a clue what transgender people are all about.

    Meanwhile FAMILY FEUD, NRA/RAMBO style, in Ohio and 8 are dead.

    But, but but, … ‘Our 2nd amendment “freedoms” ‘, wouldn’t you know it.

    Across Lake Erie however, (Canada) we don’t have a 2nd amendment, nor do we have the BULLSHIT that goes along with it. Thanks our lucky stars!!

  • ClevelandJim

    And he’s wearing plaid and stripes…typical.

  • Traxley Launderette

    Never trust a middle-age white guy wearing a poorly – tailored suit.

  • Clive Johnson

    And for today’s youth pastor update.

    The real predators go ignored in Republican politics. Which leads to the suspicion that conservatives are in such a state of shame and denial about the rampant sexual abuse in their churches that they seek scapegoats to distract from the awful truth staring them and us in the face.

    • we have asked Joe many times to bring back “This Week in Holy Crimes” posts. thank you for sort of doing that.

      notice that list are just the ones who call themselves “pastor.” i’m sure google would have fun with “priest” “imam” and various other names for rapists and perverts in “holy” cloth.

      • Clive Johnson

        Indeed. Speaking of priests and imams and their misdeeds, Freethought Today has run a regular feature called Black Collar Crimes, which sometimes fills two newspaper sized pages. It’s astonishing how much goes on that never makes mainstream media.

        I wasn’t aware that Joe had “The Week in Holy Crimes” post before. So, I’m quite happy to help.

  • Richard B

    this hateful idiot republican is seeking the wrong kind of attention ….

  • motordog

    Ohio has NOTHING better to focus their time and tax-payer money on? Really? Good to know every facet of life there is so bucolic and stable. (I’m not even trying the ‘basic human decency’ angle, as they obviously don’t have that…figured I’d go for the money angle)

  • Mark

    Well roll it on out with your best sales bitch pitch, bubba. You’re going to anyway. And we’re going to take it to the courts and let them tell you waht a complete fucking idiot asshole you are. We let the courts do it, cuz we don’t like to talk like that….

  • If we want to make bathrooms safer, I suggest banning republican elected officials as a start, since they are much more likely to molest children and sexually assault women than transgender people.

    What makes it even more clear that these laws are not intended to protect women and children, is that there isn’t any movement by the creepy pedophile and pedophile-enabling Republican legislators like this John Becker, to enact a ban on registered sex offenders in public restrooms.

    Instead, pedophile lovers like Becker and Creepy Ted Cruz are using these anti-trans bills as misdirection ploys, to lull the ignorant hoi polloi into feeling “safe” while the real molesters are hard at work.

    This is just like the old Boy Scout ban on gay scout leaders – that never stopped pedophiles from becoming scout leaders. The people most likely to be child molesters are youth group leaders (including scouts), coaches, priests and other trusted religious leaders, in addition to ultra-conservative Republican elected officials.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      So true…..

  • it’s becoming more and more clear that someone very high up in the thug party has bathroom issues. i cannot think of a more Losing issue to plan an entire campaign theme around. this is supposed to motivate voters this fall? hatred of transfolk who pee?

    newsflash, thug ‘strategists,’ the number of people who will switch or change voting behaviors as a result of these bills? well, the ones who will help your party number about 12. if that.

  • Bj Lincoln

    This is not about trans folks. It’s about the straight GOP child molesters. It should be about registered child molesters or all sex offenders, but then Ohio has laws against assaults in public restrooms.
    I am so embarrassed to be from Ohio most of the time. The only thing I can be proud of is Oburgafel ruling. ( sorry for the misspell but my spell checker doesn’t seem to have it. )

    • Obergefell.

      It’s not about trans folks. It’s about the fact that the right wing needs an enemy. “Social issues” took over when the Soviet Union fell apart — first women’s reproductive freedom, then when they lost ground on that, gay civil rights, then marriage, and now that they’ve lost on that, trans people.

      And, since they have no moral foundation to speak of, they feel free to make up whatever lies will push their agenda.

      • NancyP

        Incidentally, Obergefell is from Cincinnati, the closest urban area to this clueless legislator (one county over).

  • FullaShit

    Well if they must have their laws, I demand that no North Carolina father bring his toddler daughter into the men’s restroom or North Carolina mother bring her young son into the ladie’s room. Let the young’ns go by themselves into these safe havens they’ve created. Shouldn’t be a problem, right?

  • Hank

    I know, that this may be using logic, however…. If Rafeael Eduardo Crud can read Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor to “illuminate” his fellow law makers, than has ANY Democratic law maker in ANY of these States, EVER tried to EXPLAIN, during these “debates” in their General Assemblies, what a Transgender Woman or Male is psycho-sexually and hormonally??? (I know they are big words for the RWNJs)

  • coram nobis

    A permanent effect of these bathroom bills, passed or not, is that it may extend the notion, the libel, that trans people are somehow a predatory threat. We’ve already seen how they’ve made bathrooms a problem that didn’t exist before, a problem entirely made up. This will simply focus the problem, on people who already are in danger of physical attack or worse. And it will get worse with each airing.

    We can easily reduce our detractors to absurdity and show them their hostility is groundless. But what does this prove? That their hatred is real. When every slander has been rebutted, every misconception cleared up, every false opinion about us overcome, intolerance itself will remain finally irrefutable.
    — Moritz Goldstein

  • Queequeg

    The bill should be called the “I want my state to lose revenue” bill.

  • Robert Adams

    What is it with all these politicians? Isn’t living off the government dole enough? You gotta be messin’ with folks actually earning a living?

  • Gianni

    The reason for this bill is understandable because the occurrences of sexual attacks and molestations in women’s restrooms has become stratospheric. Something has to be done to stop these terrible crimes. I’m sure he’s done his homework and been horrified at the overwhelming number of citizen complaints made; police reports filed; and court cases adjudicated concerning this awful problem. He says, “I’m not suggesting that transgender people are sexual predators. I’m
    sure the vast majority are honest citizens going about their daily
    business.” WE have to understand, though, that in a ‘war’ against the pervy str8 guys who put on dresses to get into the women’s room, there will be peripheral casualties and that’s just too bad for them.

  • Go float in the Cleveland River. Be sure to bring a lighter so you can see.

  • JT

    This wingnut is definitely a floater.

  • Sporkfighter

    . . .

  • Mildred Peterson

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  • greenmanTN

    Oh laws like this “float” alright. Sometimes you have to flush twice before they go down the bowl!