“From the The City Council of Oxford, Alabama has just rescinded a law it passed last week in response to Target’s announcement that its restrooms are trans-inclusive. The ordinance has been described as “the most far-reaching law of its type in the county.” The City Council Wednesday afternoon voted 3-2 to repeal the ordinance that made it illegal for transgender people to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
“The Oxford City Council did the right thing by recalling its discriminatory ordinance,” Chinyere Ezie, a staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center says. “We are pleased the council members came to the conclusion that nobody should be criminalized simply for using the restroom.”
In a joint letter with the ACLU of Alabama, the SPLC explained to Oxford lawmakers that the ordinance exposes the city to “substantial legal liability as well as a loss of federal funding.”
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Last week, word surfaced that a Republican mayor of a conservative suburban Dallas, Texas town planned to join the national transgender hate-fest by proposing their own Bathroom Bill that would criminalize trans people at the next city council meeting.
Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt said at the time, “I just think that it’s insanity not to have those protections in place. . . .” Reports say his motive was likely triggered by Target’s public support of trans people, while constituents who elected the mayor to office says he’s just exploiting the matter to further his career in politics.
But it was all for naught. At the city council meeting on Monday, (following 4 hours of skewed testimony — only city residents and the mayor’s wife were allowed to speak) the proposal blew up in his face. Although the city council membership is entirely all-white and all-male, not one single member of the council seconded the proposal when it was brought to the floor. It died right there. Mayor Pruitt quickly adjourned the meeting and it was all over.
Rockwall City Councilman and Republican party precinct chair David White: “Government doesn’t need to dictate who pees where. . . .”
In an exchange with Pruitt, White continued: “If you believe that Target is a dangerous place for your child, don’t go. I think when government starts getting involved in where you pee or poop, it’s God-dang ridiculous.”
A parent of a trans child, Karen Roggenkamp, gave testimony: “This law is designed to interfere with transgender citizens in the worst possible way. These are not outsiders. These are your neighbors.”
Equality Texas’ press release: “Discrimination has no place, anywhere in Texas. Small town Texas values were on fine display and Rockwall shows what Texas is really all about: local communities.”
Prior to the meeting the Trans Pride Initiative held a sizable rally around city hall. Some of the participants feared that if the proposal passed, other cities in Texas would adopt a similar law. They also noted Republican state Rep. Matt Shaheen plans to bring a state-wide bathroom bill to the Texas legislature next year.
This is a major setback for Bathroom Cops Inc. On one hand, we have a Texas governor who says he’ll sign a Bathroom Bill that lands on his desk, and on the other hand, not one of the 6 white males (skewing older, too) on the city council of a small conservative town in Texas bought into the baloney being disseminated by Mayor Pruitt and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
t/h Jill Corcoran
North Carolina suffers economic setbacks as a result of their bathroom bill: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/04/08/bruce-springsteen-stands-up-for-transgender-people-pulls-rug-out-from-under-north-carolinas-governor/
Other sources include WFAA-TV, Dallas Morning News, and The Advocate.
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