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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:57

States Consider Transgender Bathroom Laws Despite North Carolina Controversy

Written by  Raven Clabough

Despite the uproar by LGTBQ groups and their sympathizers in North Carolina over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom bill, three other states are considering similar bills. Legislators in Texas, Virginia, and Kentucky have introduced bills that would require individuals in government-owned buildings to use bathrooms based on the sex that they were born.

The Texas bill, SB6, proposes forcing transgender individuals to use bathrooms in public schools, in government buildings, and on public university campuses according to their biological sex, regardless of whether they identify with a different gender. The bill also stops cities from passing ordinances that would allow transgender individuals to choose which bathroom to use.

Republican state Senator Lois Kolkhorst filed SB6, citing some of the state’s “divisive ordinances” having to do with transgender bathroom regulations, including a Houston ordinance that would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” though that ordinance was voted down by voters.

“I filed this legislation not to start a controversy but to end one,” Kolkhorst said.

The Virginia bill, entitled the “Physical Privacy Act,” has been filed by Republican lawmaker Robert G. Marshall. Under Marshall’s bill, all individuals in government buildings, as well as school buildings and public university buildings, would be required to use the bathroom consistent with the sex listed on the individual’s birth certificate.

Read more at TheNewAmerican

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