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Adam Winkler

“Where should a transgender schoolgirl be allowed to pee? To some, this may sound like a minor, insignificant question, but not to Nicole Maines, a 15-year-old transgender girl who attended Maine public schools. Born a boy biologically, Maines now self-identifies as a girl, dressing in girls’ clothing and sporting a typical 15-year-old girl’s hair and makeup.

[I]t’s imperative that courts like the one in Maine see cases like Nicole Maines’s for what they are: acts of discrimination no different from those that prohibited black people from entering white bathrooms until the 1960s.”

Chris Matthews 2

“If [Weiner] stays, [Democrats] never get the leadership back.  They never get the speakership back because the people in the rural areas of this country who are Christian conservative culturally—you can say backward if you want, but they don‘t like this kind of stuff at all… Isn‘t that the cutting edge of this?”