ATLANTA (Christian Examiner) – The interim director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia has resigned amid the organization's push back against North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law" (HB 2), which prohibits those born biologically male from using multi-occupancy female restrooms and vice versa.
The ACLU is suing North Carolina's governor in federal court in Carcano v. McCrory, which alleges the law prohibiting transgender access to multi-occupancy restrooms in government is a form of "insidious discrimination."
Maya Dillard Smith has claimed she left the notoriously liberal ACLU after she found herself at odds with the organization's recent shift toward promoting transgender equality above women's rights.
Smith said in a statement that the ACLU had become a "special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights." Those rights that receive the most attention are the ones that receive the most funding from outside donors, she said.
But it was the experience of taking her elementary-aged school children into a public restroom that changed things. She said they entered the restroom and "shortly after three transgender young adults over six feet with deep voices entered."
"My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many parents, was ill-prepared to answer," Smith said.
"Despite additional learning I still have to do, I believe there are solutions that can provide accommodations for transgender people and balance the need to ensure women and girls are safe from those who might have malicious intent," she said.
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She added that she found herself "principally and philosophically unaligned with the organization [ACLU]," she said.
Smith, who is not conservative and favors gay rights and marijuana legalization, among other liberal causes, has launched a new website that claims as its goal the promotion of honest and open discussion about the competing issues of transgender rights and women's safety.
In a video on the site, a young girl on a swing set looks into the camera and asks, "Boys in the girls bathroom?"
"I don't know about that," the girl says. "There's some boys who feel like they're girls on the inside, and there's some boys who are just perverts."
Transgender advocates panned Smith's decision and reacted angrily to the video. One, a 61-year-old man dressing as a woman, said Smith needed to sit down and "STFU," texting language for "shut the f--- up."