Thank you for your hard work. After a huge push this week, we worked late tonight to collect and count all of the petitions that came in from all over the state. We counted just over 17,500 valid signatures â€“ about 1,000 signatures short of the first deadline requirement.
Amazingly enough, we received over 6,000 signatures in just the last two days.
So many people did so much and we are very grateful for your enthusiastic support. It is difficult to come this close and then fall short, and yet we know that it was only through this effort that people became aware of the effects of this bill. The press certainly was not spreading the word. YOU did that.
Our goal at Mdpetitions.com is to listen to you and to give you a voice in your government. People overwhelmingly asked us to petition the â€œBathroom Billâ€, and we did. Most people did not even know about the bill, let alone how it will impact our safety and privacy. However, when people heard about this issue, the most common response was, â€œSeriously?â€ â€¦and they were very willing to sign. Our biggest disappointment is that word spread too slowly to make this first deadline.
As you probably know, the â€œBathroom Billâ€ will let men in the womenâ€™s bathroom and vise versa if they simply claim to feel like the opposite gender. This bill is not just about fairness or nondiscrimination, as the media and the bill supporters have been claiming. Just as we have seen in Canada, where a similar bill has been in effect, this nonsense bill will have the unfortunate side effect of allowing predators to enter bathrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. and no one can stop them â€“ until it is too late.
At this point, our next step is to find out who voted for this bill, and let them know our opinion. This bill should be repealed in the next session, after the next election when many new legislators have taken office. You can see how your state legislators voted on the â€œBathroom Billâ€ and eleven other bills at mdpetitions.com/scorecards.
Again, thank you for your support and for all of your hard work. We are disappointed with tonightâ€™s results. Are you? Letâ€™s take this frustration and turn it into determination to take the next step. We want to encourage everyone to work hard to help elect local and statewide candidates who will work hard for common-sense.
In the words of Winston Churchill, â€œâ€¦Never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.â€
Continuing to work with you towards common-sense government in Maryland.
Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman