Arizona Bill Would Restrict Bathrooms by Birth Gender
Anti-transgender bill would fine violators up to $2.5K
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 20, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
Who should be allowed in which bathroom?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Arizona's House will today debate a bill that would make it illegal to enter a public bathroom, shower, or dressing room designated for a gender not listed on your birth certificate. The bill is an apparent response to the anti-discrimination law Phoenix passed last week that would allow transgender people to use their preferred bathroom. The new bill's sponsor, Rep. John Kavanagh, says it's "unacceptable" for a man who merely "thinks of himself" as a woman to use their facilities. "If you're male, you stick to the men's room," he tells KPHO.

The bill would make using the wrong bathroom punishable by a fine of up to $2,500, AZ Family reports. The House Appropriations Committee will take up the bill today. The bill has sparked outrage from transgender activists; Equality Arizona released a statement yesterday calling it "a disgusting invasion of privacy," one that could make criminals of women who duck into men's bathrooms to avoid long lines, the Arizona Daily Sun reports. (Kavanagh says police will "use discretion" in those circumstances.) Laurie Roberts at the Arizona Republic decries the bill as ridiculous. "Forget about showing your birth certificate to vote," she writes. "You soon may need to tote the thing around in order to use the bathroom."

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Arizonanut74
Mar 27, 2013 9:52 PM CDT
?What is wrong with the republicans of AZ? Don't they have anything else to work on besides trying to screw with peoples lives? Dan['t they find something to help the residents of the state instead of trying to find ways to make it more difficult for residents just to live their lives? Get serious and become really helpful citizens instead of making us look like the stupidest state in the union!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
realtruth
Mar 21, 2013 7:21 AM CDT
I am sure ALL heterosexual men have thought voyeur thoughts of women’s bathrooms.. But no.. That was very WRONG.. Especially by USA rules..."Where it is wrong.. If you got caught " Now it will become mandatory.. Cool???
Plato
Mar 21, 2013 1:28 AM CDT
Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual or asexual according to Wikipedia. Now lets let the restroom thing rest. Lets get into marriage combinations. If we think same sex marriages vs. man and wife marriages is controversial just imagine six sexual orintations to consider. How many different marriage combinations would that be ? What about anatomical sex identification. A lot of these six could be either of the two anatomical sex identifications. Now to match all of these with the possible appropriate ones that would constitute a "marriage", hell I don't know how many would that be ? We better start thinking about it, we must insure by law equal rights for all marriages, I mean that is only fair isn't it ?