Stillwater, Oklahoma schools approved a rule allowing boys to use girls restrooms and locker room facilities, which predictably created a storm of opposition throughout the state.
That policy frustrated state Sen. David Bullard, a father with daughters, who authored a bill that has now passed in both houses of the legislature.
“I have two daughters, and my daughters deserve privacy and they deserve security and dignity,” he tells AFN. “And to allow a boy into the restroom with them violates all three.”
The bill is now law this week after the signature of Gov. Kevin Stitt. It requires students and school employees to use the restroom and locker room that comports with the sex listed on their birth certificate.
Any public school district that chooses a transgender female – a biological male – over the safety of females can’t ignore the new law, either, because violating it means losing five percent of their state funds. Parents also have the right to bring a civil lawsuit.
Rep. Danny Williams, who introduced the House version, has said the goal is protecting children.
“It’s about safety. It’s about protection. It’s about common sense,” he said.