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Are we really worried about homosexuals sharing our bathrooms?

Tuesday, the City of Phoenix made history.

There must have been some kind of record set when a city council meeting took four hours to settle one addition to a law and needed a location as spacious as the Orpheum Theatre to debate it with the public. The heated issue was whether Phoenix's anti-discrimination law that prohibits unjust treatment of anyone based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information or marital status should include gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.

I'm not kidding.

We're just now getting around to officially saying you can't refuse service to someone because she's a Jew or now because she's a lesbian. Yeah, We may be a little late on this: 160 U.S. cities have already passed it, including Tucson.

Believe it or not, the opponents made it a "but where will they go to the bathroom?" issue. Apparently, some are basing their fear of mixing gays and straights with all the trouble that's been caused by removing Don't Ask Don't Tell from the military.

What? There hasn't been any trouble in the military except male officers forcing themselves on lower-rank females?

You just can't trust those heterosexuals, can you?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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