Action Alerts

Say No to the Bathroom Bill

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UPDATE: The mayor has changed the location of the City Council's final vote tomorrow. It will now be at the Orpheum Theater, 203 W Adams Street at 2:30 p.m.

It is vital that we do not allow this type of tactic to silence our vote, and stifle our turnout at the hearing tomorrow. We need a strong showing up support to say No! to the Bathroom Bill!


There is an urgent problem in Phoenix, and Center for Arizona Policy needs your help!

The City of Phoenix is considering passing a law, which would allow “transgendered” men to use the women’s restroom in public accommodations like restaurants, schools, and churches - the same restroom that your child uses.

Under the guise of “prohibiting discrimination” against people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, this law is riddled with devastating legal and ethical consequences for all in Phoenix. Known as the Bathroom Bill, this proposed law is a poorly crafted solution that presents serious problems for every church, pastor, parent, and small business owner within the city of Phoenix.

Furthermore, if the business or church asks the man to leave, the business or church faces both civil and criminal prosecution for “discrimination”.

This is just one of the many severe problems with the Bathroom Bill. If this proposal becomes law, parents, churches, and businesses all lose:

  • Parents: Along with the very serious problem mentioned above, there are no protections in this law to prohibit a predator from posing as a so-called “transgender” to gain access to a child through a restroom or locker room. 
  • Business Owners: Every business in or that works with the city of Phoenix would face the threat of frivilous lawsuits - regardless of their views on homosexuality and gender. The Bathroom Bill says even the implication that a business may be “unwelcoming” or “unaccepting” to a homosexual or transgender can trigger an a criminal investigation from the city, and a costly lawsuit that can drag on for years. 
  • Churches: Churches are not exempt from being forced to allow transgenders in whatever restroom they choose. Furthermore, the weak exemption in this law could force a church or a parachurch organization, like a Christian school to hire homosexuals and transgenders regardless of the church’s religious beliefs. 
All of these examples listed above are still only a portion of the problems this law creates.

What’s worse, Mayor Greg Stanton has rushed this law through the process - the final vote is a week from today!

Councilmen Sal Diciccio and Jim Waring have committed to stand for your families, business, and religious freedom by opposing the Bathroom Bill. Read Councilman DiCiccio’s comments on the law here.

Yet the other councilmen need to hear from you to say No! to the Bathroom Bill.

ACTION NEEDED - 4 Steps Needed

1) Contact these members of the Phoenix City Council, asking them to vote No on this harmful ordinance:

You can use these resources and talking points when crafting your email or making your call:

  • Bad for Business - how the Bathroom Bill will negatively impact every Phoenix Business - regardless of their views on the issue.
  • Churches at Risk - The Bathroom Bill will put churches in the position of following their faith, or breaking the law. 

Talking Points

  • Churches should not be forced to hire people who disagree with their religious beliefs. Yet under this law, city government will force Phoenix’s religious institutions to either compromise their beliefs, or face criminal prosecution. 
  • The Bathroom Bill creates a “sue first and ask questions later” mentality.
  • No matter your views on homosexuality, under the Bathroom Bill you will face the threat of frivolous lawsuits.
  • It is irresponsible for the City Council to put every child, business owner, church, and religious organization at risk because of a political agenda from a vocal minority.
  • Despite Mayor Stanton’s campaign commitment to transparency, the Bathroom Bill has been rushed through city government in order to hide the true atrocities buried in this law. 

2) Forward this link to your friends and family. Because of how Mayor Stanton is pushing this ordinance to a vote next week, there is little time to spread the word about the dangers of the Bathroom Bill. We need your help to notify every business, church and parent.

3) Follow Center for Arizona Policy on Facebook. With the vote only a week away, things will move very quickly over the next few days. We will keep you up to date through our Facebook page on all the latest developments.

4) Pray for the defeat of this measure so that the rights of persons of faith and rigths of private business owners will be preserved in Phoenix.

Read the law here:

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