Republican-Led Panel Strikes Down Virginia Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Align With Birth Gender

RICHMOND, Va. — A Republican-led House subcommittee in Virginia has killed a bill that would have required those using restrooms and locker rooms at government-run facilities, including public schools, to align with birth gender.

According to reports, the seven-member House of Delegates subcommittee dispensed with the “Physical Privacy Act” on Thursday with a voice vote and no debate, disappointing its sponsor, Del. Robert Marshall, R-Prince William.

“They don’t even want to defend their oath,” Marshall told reporters. “That’s disgusting.”

“The government entity that owns, leases, or otherwise controls a government building shall ensure that all restrooms and changing facilities located in such building provide physical privacy from members of the opposite sex,” H.B. 1612 read in part.

“Any restroom or changing facility located in such building designed to be used concurrently by more than one individual shall be designated for use only by members of one sex by the government entity,” it mandated. “In any other setting in such building where an individual may be in a state of undress in the presence of others, the government entity shall provide a separate, private area designated for use only by members of one sex.”

Marshall’s bill, introduced earlier this month, generated support from the Virginia First Foundation, which characterized the move as a “common sense solution for students, parents, administrators and legislators.”

“[The Physical Privacy Act] makes adequate provisions for children seeking single-use restrooms when needed and ensures that children are not forced to experience forced physical exposure to the opposite sex against their will,” said board member Travis Witt, the pastor of Gilboa Christian Church in Mineral.

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“Public school facilities are not the place for social experiments that permit early exposure to sexual issues when there is ample evidence that such exposure can lead to long-term developmental damage,” he contended.

But the office of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe opined that the measure would be harmful to the economy.

“As we saw in North Carolina, these bills don’t just hamper civil rights—they kill jobs,” spokesman Brian Coy said in a statement. “The governor is hopeful that Republicans in the General Assembly will drop these counterproductive bills and turn their focus toward building a stronger and more equal Virginia economy.”

According to the Daily Progress, Del. Barry D. Knight, R-Virginia Beach, who serves on the subcommittee, voted down the bill for that very reason.

“It’s all about economics to me,” he said. “I saw that North Carolina lost hundreds of millions of dollars, and I wasn’t willing to put the state in that particular position.”

As previously reported, last October, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case out of Virginia involving a female student who identifies as male and consequently wishes to use the boys’ restroom. The student, who goes by the name Gavin Grimm, is fighting the Gloucester County School Board over the matter.

“In light of the right to bodily privacy, federal law should not be twisted to require that a male be given access to the girls’ facilities, or a female to the boys’ facilities,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb in a statement.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Evil’s reign in USA. Sad… Birth gender is the truth about the person, and truth has the right to exist.

  • james blue

    Could someone point to a single case where a transgender person has committed a sexual act in a bathroom?

    It is already illegal for a man to “peer” into a female bathroom stall, It is already illegal for a woman to “peer” into a female bathroom stall,

    • Emmanuel

      There has been arrests already for men being in women bathroom. I just did a Google search and found this.
      4/22/16: dailywire reports of 5 men arrested
      The website will not let me post the actual article.

      • james blue

        Those were men, not transgenders. And I’m betting most of those happened in places that do not have the “Target” policy.

        You could name the suspects for me to search, but I have searched and not found a single case of a transgender person committing an act.

        • Rev Donald Spitz

          Just he fact that a male is in a female bathroom or locker room is a sexual act.
          Deuteronomy 22:5
          The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

          • james blue

            I would think 99% of women break that one. You probably do as well

    • Amos Moses

      being there ……… is a sexual act ……… being where they do not belong ……….

      • james blue

        Apparently for yourself and perhaps Trump going #1 or 2 is a sexual act, but for the rest of us it’s just a natural bodily function.

        • Rev Donald Spitz

          For sex deviants like you, you may think it’s normal for a male to be in a female bathroom, but it is not.

        • Typically insulting and condescending, rather than commenting to the issue,

          Bodily functions are not the concern – everyone has them, of course!

          The obvious concern is a Mom helping her little girl in the women’s room being ogled by a “transgender” who decided he was a she on that day.

          That is evil.

          • james blue

            Could you point to a single case where an actual transgender person has committed a sexual act in a bathroom?

            It is already illegal for a man to “peer” into a female bathroom stall, It is already illegal for a woman to “peer” into a female bathroom stall,

            This site doesn’t allow links, so please do a google image search “female to male transgender”. You will see pictures (not p o r n o g r p h i c) of the “women” who will be required by this bill to use the women’s bathroom with said mom and daughter.

  • Roy Hobs

    Common Sense = the Newest Endangered Species.

  • Robert

    Money can buy these republicans that is what there announcing.. forget about right and wrong for them it’s all about money.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      You have no evidence that that happened. It’s entirely possible that they simply was the prevailing science on the subject and came to the same conclusion as the nation’s leading neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and doctors: that trans people are, for all intents and purposes, the gender they present as.

  • Rev Donald Spitz

    Barry Knight sold us out. He became a sexual deviant for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • Then those in his district must make see his error at the earliest possible — when are your next local elections for that district?

  • Rob Watkins

    proof the swamp is filled by all political affiliations and evil human forms…