Liberty Counsel President Mat
Staver (Screenshot: Liberty Counsel)
Mat Staver, founder and president of the conservative litigation and education group Liberty Counsel, said that some of the people pushing “bathroom” bills to allow biological males to use female showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms, are sexual predators, including “pedophiles.”
"This is a common-sense provision. The fact is we know sexual assaults occur, they are going to occur with or without these laws, there's no question about that,” said Staver on the “Faith and Freedom” radio show on May 9. “People commit sexual assaults. They commit them in buildings. They commit them in restrooms.”
“But what you have now done -- knowing that sexual assaults occur, knowing that they occur in these places where women are trapped and they can't get out -- now what we've done, through these laws, is we've opened the door for every rapist and pedophile,” said Staver.
"Frankly, when you look at some of the people behind the North Carolina law and some of these other laws [favoring transgender bathrooms], who are they?” he said.
“They have been identified, some of them that have been advocating this, as pedophiles,” said Staver. “Some of this is being financed by those who are actively promoting pedophilia."
Back on Feb. 22, the Charlotte City Council in North Carolina voted 7-4 to allow people to use the public bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities that matched their “gender identity.”
In practical terms, a biological male who “identified” as a female could use a public ladies room or changing room and showers under the ordinance.
The State Legislature subsequently passed House Bill 2 (HB2) on March 23, which overruled the Charlotte ordinance and made it state law that people must use the public bathroom and locker facility that matches the sex on their birth certificate.
HB2 applies to facilities open to the public, including the public schools. The law also states that public buildings can set aside or keep unisex and family bathrooms; it further says that if a transgendered person undergoes sex-reassignment surgery and has the change made on their birth certificate, they can use the facility that matches their “new” sex.