South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright
State Sen. Lee Bright has introduced legislation (S1203
) that would prevent the enactment of local laws protecting the rights of transgender people to use bathrooms based on their gender identity. If passed into law, the bill would limit the use of government and school facilities based on a person’s “biological sex” as it reads on their birth certificate. This would extend to multi-occupancy bathrooms, locker rooms, changing rooms, and showers.
Speaking before the state Senate Wednesday, Bright compared the bill to a similar piece of legislation recently passed in North Carolina, which caused many major businesses such as Google, Bank of America, and PayPal to publicly speak out against what is perceived as anti-LGBT legislation. In response to the bill passing in North Carolina, PayPal pulled plans for a 400-person facility in Charlotte — a move which Bright said showed the company’s “support for pedophiles by wanting them to go into bathrooms.”
Calling on the support of his fellow lawmakers Wednesday, Bright said, “The fact that 100 businesses would assault the state of North Carolina — this legislature may not stand with them, but I stand with that lieutenant governor. I’ve about had enough of this. I mean, years ago, we kept talking about tolerance, tolerance, and tolerance, and now they want men who claim to be women to go into the bathroom with children.”
Under the law, schools would be allowed to provide accommodations such as single-occupancy bathrooms or “controlled use of faculty facilities upon request due to special circumstances.” The bill ends with the caveat that if any section of the act is found to be unconstitutional, it shall not affect the remaining portions of the act.