WASHINGTON (Christian Examiner) — PayPal has cancelled plans to open a center in North Carolina, and New York's governor has banned essential travel there in the wake of adoption of a transgender bathroom law, but if enough states pass similar legislation, such pushback may become far more difficult.
So says an analysis from the statistics website FiveThirtyEight.com, where writer Leah Libresco found that seven states — Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Wisconsin – are considering bills that would either prevent cities from allowing men to use women's restrooms, and vice versa, or that would do similarly for public schools and boys and girls.
"If those bills move forward, activists may have trouble boycotting all eight," Libresco wrote.
The bills in some of the states, such as Illinois and Massachusetts, will face uphill climbs due to left-leaning legislatures, although proposals in other states likely face more friendly territory.
Leaders and experts in the social conservative moment are encouraging states to not back down in the face of pressure.
"Governors should stand strong for common sense and explain what these bills are actually about: putting the safety of mothers and their children above anyone who wants to use any bathroom simply because they want to," Stanton told the Christian Examiner.
Stanton has written a series of books on the gender issue, including "Secure Daughters, Confident Sons," and also serves as a research fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family in Ottawa.
"According to trans theory, anyone can claim they are the other sex for any reason, and there is no objective criteria for saying they're not – it is all in the mind of the other person," Stanton added. "This is true for the man who says he's really a woman but has taken no effort to change his wardrobe or physical appearance. It's a Pandora's box."
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said society should applaud, not castigate, North Carolina for refusing to "force young girls to share bathrooms and showers with grown men."
"Anyone with half a brain shouldn't want that kind of extremism operating out of North Carolina anyway," Perkins said of PayPal and other companies threatening boycotts. "There was a time, not too long ago, when most corporations would have probably moved out of a state if it did allow such lunacy."