Christian Groups Still Fighting Macy’s Transvestite Policy

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In this May 10, 2011 file photo, people carrying Macy's shopping bags walk past the Macy's flagship store, in New York. Macy's Inc., said Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, that it plans to hire about 78,000 workers for seasonal help at its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online support centers nationwide. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
Remember the story earlier this week about Macy's firing a Christian employee for telling a transvestite man he couldn’t try on clothes in the ladies fitting room?

Well, Natalie Johnson, the woman who was fired from a Macy’s in San Antonio, Texas, is appearing on Fox News Channel to tell the whole story.

Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman, will join Johnson on Fox on Sunday, between noon and 1 p.m., to discuss Macy's policy that allows men to use the women's fitting rooms.

"This policy is absurd, and everyone who hears of it is shocked,” Staver says. “Macy's policy has placed every woman at risk of sexual assault and even rape. To regain the confidence of its customers, Macy's need to immediately change its policy."

Many people are outraged to learn that Macy’s allows men to use women’s fitting rooms. Some are cutting up their Macy’s credit cards. Others are refusing to step foot back in the stores until the policy changes.

This bizarre policy came to light during the Christmas shopping season, when Johnson saw a man entering a women's fitting room in her department area at Macy’s. After he came out, Johnson politely approached the young man and told him he could not use the women's fitting rooms because they were for women only.

Although this young man was wearing lipstick, Johnson reports he clearly looked like a man. He became upset and used expletives. The attorney who accompanied him said that Macy's was LGBT friendly. Johnson politely responded that men cannot use the women's fitting rooms. The two men demanded to speak with Johnson’s manager.

Johnson was later summoned by her manager, Mary Ellen, and told that "transgender" people can use any fitting room they desire. When Johnson questioned how men could use women's fitting rooms and asked for a religious accommodation because she could not lie by allowing men to use women's fitting rooms, she was terminated.

Despite widespread support for Johnson, Macy’s has not reversed its policy. Bloomingdale’s, an affiliate of Macy’s, has the same policy. Liberty Counsel is gathering signatures on a petition to ask Macy's to change the policy.

You can find it at http://www.libertyaction.org/344/petition.asp. Or call the corporate office at 800-264-0069 or 513-398-5221, fax them at 513-573-2049, or write to Terry Lundren, President and CEO, Macy's Inc, P.O. Box 8220, Mason, OH 45040.


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