Arizona transgender bathroom bill won’t move

Associated Press | Arizona Capital Times | June 6, 2013

The sponsor of an Arizona bill targeting transgendered people who want to use  bathrooms of the gender they identify with says he’s giving up on the issue this  Legislative session.

Republican Rep. John Kavanagh said Wednesday there’s concern in his caucus  about some of his proposal’s definitions, so it will have to be shelved until  next year.

Kavanagh caused a national uproar in March when he proposed the bathroom  privacy language.

The original bill would have made it a crime for a transgendered person to  use a bathroom other than the one designated for his or her birth sex.

After an outcry from advocacy groups, Kavanagh changed the measure to instead  shield businesses from civil or criminal liability if they ban people from  restrooms that don’t match their birth sex.

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