The bottom of the ignorance barrel in North Carolina

Roughly one out of every 1500 people born come into this world with some ambiguity regarding male or female anatomy. People with this condition used to be called hermaphrodites, but today the appropriate medical term is "intersex."

“Intersex” is a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. For example, a person might be born appearing to be female on the outside, but having mostly male-typical anatomy on the inside. Or a person may be born with genitals that seem to be in-between the usual male and female types—for example, a girl may be born with a noticeably large clitoris, or lacking a vaginal opening, or a boy may be born with a notably small penis, or with a scrotum that is divided so that it has formed more like labia. Or a person may be born with mosaic genetics, so that some of her cells have XX chromosomes and some of them have XY.

Though we speak of intersex as an inborn condition, intersex anatomy doesn’t always show up at birth. Sometimes a person isn’t found to have intersex anatomy until she or he reaches the age of puberty, or finds himself an infertile adult, or dies of old age and is autopsied. Some people live and die with intersex anatomy without anyone (including themselves) ever knowing.

Intersexual are not freaks or weirdos, they are simply born with bodies that don't necessarily match how they see themselves. The same must be said of transsexuals. It has nothing to do with god making mistakes, nor does it have to do politics. Roughly 10% of all people are born left-handed. Approximately 2% of all people have green eyes. One tenth of one percent are born with ambiguous sexuality. These are facts. Whether you believe them or not is irrelevant.

But now a leading Republican in North Carolina wants to have a statewide referendum about where intersexual people should be allowed to go to the bathroom. It boggles the mind. When has it ever made sense for a majority to decide what rights a minority should have?

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Statewide referenda

Using a statewide vote to determine the rights of a minority is absurd. Apodaca knows this.

What Republicans really want to do is get a divisive issue on the ballot in November to stir up anger among their Teabagger base. It worked for them on Amendment One, and it is their Hail Mary shot at retaining control in Raleigh.

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