American Family Association Says Catering to LGBTQ Demands Strains Business Owners
Businesses may have to make more adjustments for the LGBTQ community, as
those with single-stall bathrooms in Washington, D.C., will soon be subject to
fines if their bathroom design and signage doesn’t accommodate the
A regulation, issued by the D.C. Office of Human rights and prohibiting
single-occupancy public restrooms from being labeled as gender-specific, has
been on the books in the nation’s capital since 2006, but now marks the first
time the rule is seriously being enforced. According to the Washington Business
Journal, “Public places that do not change their signs will now be slapped with
a Class 3 civil infraction, possibly resulting in a $500 fine.”
“The recently enforced fines for businesses that might have single
restrooms are putting yet another strain on American business owners so the
LGBTQ community can feel validated,” said American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net) President Tim Wildmon. “Time after
time, special rules apply to the LGBTQ community, but the equality for everyone
seems to end there, as it’s obvious that no thought has been given to the male
and female customers of these businesses who prefer the privacy of a restroom
specific to their gender. Yet, politicians and unelected bureaucrats continue
to cater to the ever-increasing demands of the LGBTQ community, either
complicit in or fully oblivious to their efforts to curb everyone else’s
freedoms in order to force endorsement of their lifestyle.”
The District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights (OHR) is getting others in
on the act by asking D.C. residents and visitors to tweet the business name to
the office if they see a public bathroom with one stall that is not
gender-neutral. Then, OHR can force the issue.
OHR advocated for the change after a study found “transgender people
experienced significant problems with public bathroom facilities.”
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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization
was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First
United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since
1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original
name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to
American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most
effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online
supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition,
AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under
the American Family Radio banner.
Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation
and OneNewsNow.com, an online news provider that is syndicated
around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as OneMillionMoms.com that rally Christian activists to
contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV
shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits
per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute,
Christian voice throughout America.