Thank you Brian for putting into words what so many of us feel about Mr. Ankney. I had the pleasure of shaking his hand at the Capital Rotunda when the Governor signed the bill striking down Montana's uncontsitutional sodomy law. Without Mr. Ankney's public and unabashed support, the bill would never have passed.
He was an unassuming man, seemingly overjoyed and a bit bemused with all the attention he was getting. I can see him chuckling to himself on the long drive back to Colstrip about his new found celebrity, saying, as any "Old Montanan" would, "I just did the right thing."
And, thank you Duane Ankney for doing so. You have made a world of difference in the lives of countless other Montanans.
Another problem I have with this article is that it creates the impression that a culture clash is sufficient justification for aggression, and that just being transgender is sufficient provocation to justify assault. The view not only promotes transphobia, but also violence against trans persons. No matter what a person feels or may believe about trans persons, those feelings and beliefs of themselves are never cause for violence against trans people. It should not be promoted in the media.
P.S. Jessica - a pre-op transwoman who is attracted to men is not a homosexual unless you believe that genetalia defines either who you are as a person or your sexuality. I am not criticizing homosexuality, but the truth sort of deflates the "cultural clash" justification for assault theory.
I just bet you that in Nigeria it is not okay for a man to punch a woman to get her attention. If it is, well, thank God this is not Nigeria. If Mr. Onwubiko was deceived as he claims, and he was aware of the high stakes of his scholarship and student visa, why did he not just walk away? I am not hearing a compelling argument for sysmpathy for this defendant, and, instead see the handiwork of a criminal defense lawyer trying his case in the press. Its not a bad ploy, but let's see it for what it is. And no, Mr. Shannon, its not okay to punch a transwoman just because you do not like who she is or are embarrassed to admit that you found her attractive.
I am gald that Anita has the courage to tell her story. I hope that people of good intent will all support her, and I pray that Craig Shannon will have the grace, dignity and authenticity to avoid disparaging a whole class of people in order to defend a single client.
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Montana Republican Party, shame on you. Your platform that embraces a law that both the Montana and United States supreme court have ruled unconstitutional flies in the face of, undermines and devalues the rule of law, the separation of powers and our constitutional form of government. Thus, it is decidedly un-American. And you wonder why so many groups exist to protect and advocate for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed. If by some quirk of fate, free and right thinking Americans are deluded into supporting such a devisive and damaging platform, rest assured that those groups shall yet again rise to the occasioin and seek to support and enforce the rule of law, the separation of powers and the constitution. May it ever be so.
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