Hoisted With Their Own Petard

An example of the myriad of genders in Massachusetts
(Boston, MA 05/16/17) State Rep. James Lyons speaks during a hearing of the Joint Committee on Public Health on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Massachusetts Statehouse Staff photo by Patrick Whittemore.

Just when I thought there was no hope for Massachusetts politicians State Rep James Lyons (R) steps up to challenge the liberal wackos. Even better he used their own rhetoric to accomplish the feat.

Howie Carr, Boston Herald

The liberal wackos were at it again in Massachusetts. It was near the end of the legislative session and time was running out. The legislators were in a hurry to clear the calendar. The time was right to slip this gem in for consideration: a state law mandating that henceforth and forever Massachusetts driver’s licenses would offer three options for gender. Individuals could choose male, female or X for the genderly challenged.

Not so fast said Rep. Jim Lyons, there are 73 variations of gender out there and growing all the time. Having a single X to cover all of them was discriminatory, non-inclusive and politically incorrect. He then amended the original bill, 73 times, an amendment for each variation. Under the rules, Lyons had ten minutes to debate each amendment. Once the debate was over, three minutes was allowed for each roll call vote. Once that was done the legislature could then vote on the bill and the amendment, 73 times. There just aren’t enough hours in the day when one is trying to be politically correct. His fellow legislators challenged him. Here was his reply:

We can’t discriminate, he archly informed them. This is Massachusetts. Gender is an evolving paradigm, to coin a phrase. All genders must be protected. Equal protection under the law…As Lyons left the chambers, a very confused reporter asked him why he’d done such a thing to Gender X.
Lyons says he glared back at the scribe.

“Are you saying you want to leave some genders behind?”

The bill was pulled from consideration and went back into the closet.