(Melissa Clement) – I am deeply concerned about Question 1 on the 2022 Nevada ballot.
Nevadans will (some already have) vote on Question 1 (State Equal Rights Amendment) and they don’t understand what it will do. This is the exact language:
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this State or any of its political subdivisions on account of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, ancestry or national origin.”
Let me start by stating the obvious: We are ALL for equality.
But Question 1 is anything but EQUALITY. There is a shocking lack of knowledge on this issue and, with such a misleading title, we run the risk of it passing.
Rasmussen polled on Question 1 and found 61% of Nevada voters support Question 1 UNTIL they find out what it will do. When asked about outcomes Question 1 could cause, support shifted dramatically:
- 72% of voters oppose men who identify as women being able to compete in women’s sports
- 65% oppose allowing men in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms
The language is vague and misleading. Q1 will be devastating to children, parents, and churches.
The vote in November is the final vote on this measure, and if it passes, it will change the Nevada Constitution. While it was voted on by the legislature twice, there was never a real hearing with experts on both sides to consider the impacts of this wide-ranging constitutional amendment.
Far too many Republican legislators let us down either by laziness, cowardice or complicity. It was snuck through in the waning days of 2019 legislature as an emergency measure and snuck through when the public was locked out of the building during the COVID session of 2021.
We know that it will allow biological boys to compete in girls’ sports, allow biological men in women’s showers and bathrooms, and eliminate all state level abortion laws like bans on tax-payer funded abortion.
It is likely that puberty blockers and transgender therapies would be available for children without parental consent or notification. It is unknown whether this will eliminate age of consent for sex and how that would impact legal prostitution and pedophilia.
It must be noted that there is no protection for religion. How will this affect our churches, our faith communities and organizations, and our faith-filled professionals?
A memo from the Alliance Defending Freedom on the harms of Question 1 notes the very real, current threats to parental rights in the healthcare arena that have come about in the last year – namely dangerous transgender treatments for underage children, often without parental involvement.
What’s worse, if this is enacted by the voters it will take a minimum of 5 years to revoke, once the magnitude of problems are discovered. Do we want to entrust the judicial branch with interpreting this vague and dangerous amendment?
Nevadans do not KNOW about this amendment. We need everyone to talk to their family, friends and neighbors about the dangers of Q1.
We need rapid education in the next week to educate on Question 1. It is imperative that voters know what their cast vote means.
Ms. Clement is a volunteer for the Protect Our Girls Initiative. You can get further information by visiting protectourgirlsnv.com