Lawmakers speak out against bathroom bill

LITTLE ROCK - A bill regarding gender and bathroom use in public restrooms and other facilities has been filed in Arkansas. 

 So far, it is only a shell bill, meaning full details of the bill have not been released. 

 Sponsors of the bill say the aim is to require people to use bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that correspond with their gender at birth. 

 Similar laws in other states have sparked controversy. Opponents of the bill say laws and restrictions of this sort amount to discrimination against people who identify as transgender. 

 "If they want to change their sex... they have the freedom and the right to do that. I have no problem with that. This bill simply centers around safety," St. Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch. 

 Governor Asa Hutchinson is speaking against such a proposal, calling it "unnecessary and potentially harmful." 

 Business groups are also expressing concern over a potential backlash driving events away from the state. 


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