Idaho Mom Insists LGBT Rights Could Lead To Rampant Necrophilia

The state legislature of Idaho is currently debating a bill, House Bill 2, which would add both sexual orientation and gender identity to its Human Rights Bill. While one would think this would not be too much of a big deal to anyone living in the year 2015, there are still some people out there shaking their sad little fists in the wind, hoping to hold back the tide.

One such person is Laurie Burchfield, a Christian mother and grandmother who spoke at a committee hearing about the bill on Tuesday. Burchfield had some very interesting ideas and fears about what giving LGBT people human rights could lead to.

Specifically, Burchfield was quite sure that passing the bill would mean that “pedophilia, sadism, bestiality, necrophilia, exhibitionism, polygamy and many others” would also become legal in the state. Which is not true. Except for sadism, which is not illegal in the first place. In fact, I hear there’s some movie coming out about it in the near future.

Burchfield is also deeply concerned that allowing trans people to use the correct bathrooms and locker rooms would lead to them just running around showing their genitalia to EVERYBODY.

“Everyone should be free to go to a public restroom without fear of people with confused sexual orientation exposing themselves to our children or flagrantly and unnecessarily parading their genitalia in the locker rooms of our YMCAs and gyms.”

That is such a weird thing to be afraid of. Also, I feel like it’s pretty important to note that cisgendered people could also do all of these things just as easily, I suppose, as a transgendered person could. Except that the vast majority of us–flashers aside–don’t really go about doing that. If someone exposes themselves to a kid, or anyone, that’s a crime and can be dealt with as such. Exactly no one is suggesting that anyone go around flashing children.

I am hopeful that this bill will pass in spite of the ridiculousness of people like Laurie Burchfield–who are, quite frankly, the exact reason these laws need to be passed in the first place. The fact that only nineteen states have anti-discrimination laws protecting the rights of LGBT citizens is incredibly unfortunate and messed up. The whole point of anti-discrimination laws is to protect those most likely to be subject to discrimination, so it’s a little ridiculous to have those laws not apply to a group of people so heavily discriminated against. [RawStory]