LETTER:Equal rights

Your readers may have read about the controversy at the Port Townsend swimming pool.

A public comment was emailed to the Port Townsend City Council suggesting that transgender people should be considered as disabled and given a separate place to change and shower.

It also stated that women should not have to feel uncomfortable because trans women have the right to use the women’s changing room.

These two positions come from a place of hate and fear of the other.

We fought hard for equal rights for marginalized groups, rights that now are going backwards.

People are actively working to deny equality to the other.

A Supreme Court justice wants to overturn same-sex marriage and use of contraception.

Locally we have this issue at the Port Townsend pool.

To survive as a large country made up of different people, we must live by the words, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

If one loves this country, then one must value all members and must insist everyone’s rights are not limited by the opinions of a small group of judges or hate mongers.

David Johnson

Port Townsend