Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt says, “we have been thrust in a position of discussing this because several businesses and governmental entities have decided to create policies encouraging men unfettered access to women’s restrooms and changing rooms, and vice versa. Because of these policies, I, as mayor of Rockwall, Texas, proposed a new ordinance that would limit a person’s access to a bathroom that didn’t match his or her biological sex.”
Link to Dallas Morning News: Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt: I proposed a bathroom ordinance to protect children from sexual predators
The day following the city council meeting where none of our council members offered a second to open public discussion of the proposed ordinance, a Target store in Frisco became the scene of a man photographing a girl in a dressing room. The girl identified his face that was captured on security cameras.
Libertarian-leaning members of the community argue the ordinance imposed too much government control of businesses. Is this the case? Let’s consider the fundamental role of all government, the principle found in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
Yes, the fundamental role of all government is to secure the rights of the people governed, not to hold down the costs of conducting a private business.
As our third president and the author of the above-mentioned Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson stated: “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another…”
Liberty flourishes most when we the people are free to exercise our pursuits without restraint, so long as we do no harm to others.
The proposed ordinance was intended to serve this purpose by protecting vulnerable women and children.
Other than the local Target store, another business to remember is the local Hilton hotel. The hotel manager publicly opposed the ordinance.