AZ Committee Passes Discriminatory Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill

unisex-bathroom-signYesterday the Appropriations Committee approved a measure that would discriminate against transgender people who want to use bathrooms of the gender with which they identify.

The committee, led by Republican urinal cake Rep. John Kavanagh, voted 7-4 to move the  bill, SB1045, to the House for consideration.

Calling the bill “over the top” and “an embarrassment to our state,” Democrats on the committee all voted against SB1045. But after hearing hours of testimony denouncing the bill, Kavanagh and his six Republican comrades quickly approved it anyway.

Kavanagh pushed SB1045 after failing to pass a similar bill last week, SB1432 — the “Papers Before You Pee” bill — which would have made it illegal for people to use a restroom that did not match their biological gender.

SB1045, on the other unwashed hand, protects businesses from civil or criminal liability for discriminating against transgender people who have to go potty, effectively rendering local LGBT nondiscrimination laws unenforceable.

Either way, both bills were developed in response to the recent passage of Phoenix’s LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance. Kavanagh claims SB1432 went too far and that he rewrote it following criticism (from everyone).

“What I’m doing is pre-empting these cities from prosecuting businesses that say they want separate (facilities),” he said at yesterday’s hearing. “I’m basically resetting the clock to before Phoenix passed the law.”

What time is that again, Kavanagh? 1953?

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  • jwrappaport

    Good god. So if I have to take a waz after a night at IBT’s and there’s only a woman’s bathroom available, I face criminal liability for using it?

  • Nikkidane

    Even Texas hasn’t passed anything that stupid.

  • Charles175

    The nations first (eww, that’s gross iky poo) potty phobia law? How pathetically childish of our lawmakers.

  • Dakotahgeo

    These AZ Republican turds have absolutely no brains or common sense! Has AZ no shame whatsoever? You people are an embarrassment to the USA, among other states also! This tops them all!

  • Bjk

    @Nikkidane: Hey…give us Texans time – we’re still working on destroying women’s health and Planned Parenthood…we’ll get there.

  • jeff4justice

    1) This means if a person goes to a place with single occupant restrooms (like nearly every Starbucks I’ve been in) and then uses the opposite sex restroom that’s lockable and empty then they can fined and jailed.

    2) This means anyone who does not fit gender molds (guy with long hair, woman with short hair) is subject to harassment.

    3) This means kids taken into a restroom with their opposite-sex parents could be fined and arrested. Family restrooms are not always present in a business.

    4) This totally discriminates against same sex couples who may ever need to take their opposite gender child into a restroom – or are they supposed to leave their kid alone in a store to get kidnapped?

    5) If AZ in any way labels being transgender as a disorder then they’ve open themselves up to new disability lawsuits.

    Kavanagh is scum.

  • damon459

    Wow believe it or not trans-people are more welcome in Missoula, Montana yes you heard it here folks in Missoula, Montana We have a city Ordinance that protects trans-people’s access to restrooms, housing, public accommodations, and employment.

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