SC bill aims to restrict transgender access to bathrooms

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 9:23 PM

The legislation proposed in the state Senate on Wednesday also would prohibit local governments from requiring private businesses to allow restroom access based on gender identity rather than birth gender."Men should utilize the men’s room, and women should utilize the women’s room - that’s just common sense,” Republican Senator Lee Bright, a sponsor of the bill, told The State newspaper.

n">SC lawmakers have introduced a measure that'd obstruct transgender people from using public bathrooms that don't match their birth sex, despite increasing calls for a repeal of a similar provision enacted latest mo in N Carolina.

The legislation proposed in the state Senate on Wednesday also would prohibit local governments from requiring private businesses to allow restroom access based on gender identity rather than birth gender.

"Men should utilize the men’s room, and women should utilize the women’s room - that’s just common sense,” Republican Senator Lee Bright, a sponsor of the bill, told The State newspaper. “N Carolina is getting so much flak over what's common sense.”

The SC measure is narrower than North Carolina'south law, which precludes local governments from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances with protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

But opponents warned that the new proposal could spark the economic backlash seen this week in North Carolina, where PayPal Holdings Incorporated cited the discriminatory nature of the law in canceling a new operations middle that was to employ four hundred workers in Charlotte.

More than one hundred thirty business leaders, including the chief executive officers of Bank of America, Herbalife and American Airlines, have signed a letter with the Human Rights Campaign calling for a repeal.

"Government simply has number space in our bathrooms," said Jeff Ayers, executive director of SC Equality, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group.

SC Gov Nikki Haley, a Republican, said the state already passed a religious liberty law in 1999.

"It's worked just fine," she told reporters. "We don’t have to mandate respect or kindness or responsibility in this state."

More than a dozen states have considered bathroom provisions this year that'd restrict access for transgender people, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The measures arrive amid a wave of legislation pushed by social conservatives after the U. S. Supreme Ct legalized same-sex marriage last year.

Mississippi'south Republican Gov on Tuesday signed a law allowing people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and permitting employers to cite religion in determining workplace policies on dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.

Latest week, the governors of GA and VA vetoed "religious liberty" bills.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, N. C.; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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