South Dakota lawmakers just made a decision based on decency and common sense. The state’s Senate approved a bill that requires students in government schools to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their “chromosomes and anatomy.”
In other words, no boys pretending to be girls in girls’ restrooms, and vice versa.
The state’s House passed its version of the bill in January. The question remains whether the Republican governor will sign the measure into law. Even if he does, how long until a court strikes it down?
An excerpt from the Christian News Network:
“We’re talking about our youths commingling in bathrooms and locker rooms, biological males and biological females,” Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark. “Do you feel it appropriate for a 13-year-old girl to be exposed to the anatomy of a boy? Or for a boy to be exposed to the anatomy of a girl because of the decisions we make out here?”
“The Republican leadership of South Dakota’s legislature has disgracefully failed to fulfill its most fundamental obligation—to protect the state’s young people from harm,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), said in a statement. “History has never looked kindly upon those who attack the basic civil rights of their fellow Americans, and history will not treat kindly those who support this discriminatory measure.”
A boy has a “basic civil right” to change his clothes in front of girls, but the girls have no right to or expectation of privacy?
The lawmakers have included an accommodation, but the homosexual lobby doesn’t think it’s good enough.
If a “transgender” student attests that he or she insists on pretending to be the opposite sex, and a parent or guardian consents to the attestation, the student will be allowed to use a “single-occupancy restroom, a unisex restroom, or the controlled use of a restroom, locker room, or shower room that is designated for use by faculty,” but not share such areas with actual male or female students.
The legislation is a step in the right direction for the people who value privacy, modesty, and safety. Will the governor cave and refuse to sign the bill?
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