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GOP committee kills Virginia bathroom bill similar to House Bill 2

Bathroom signA GOP-led committee in Virginia killed a bathroom bill yesterday that was comparable to House Bill 2, according to a report in the Daily Press of Newport News, Va.

The bill was apparently dispatched without debate and with only one vote for saving it. Similar to HB2, the legislation would have prohibited transgender individuals from using restrooms of the gender they identify with in government-owned buildings.

Unlike HB2, though, Virginia’s bill would also have requires schools to notify parents if a student requests to be recognized as a gender different than what is on their birth certificate.

Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leadership had voiced objections to the legislation, which was supported by one of the General Assembly’s most outspoken conservative lawmakers, Del. Bob Marshall.

Proponents of the legislation said it was needed as a safety measure to protect children, particularly students who play sports and use locker rooms, according to the report.

Opponents said the legislation unfairly targeted the transgender community and were quick to point out the economic backlash such a bill created in North Carolina.

There were eight states that prefiled or introduced legislation this session restricting transgender access to restrooms, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. Bills are still pending in Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

North Carolinians remain hopeful for a full-repeal of the states sweeping anti-LGBTQ legislation at this years legislative session. A panel of experts recently commented that the repeal is inevitable and the long-term backlash was too great to risk.

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