Gay, transgender movements need a divorce: Column


Joseph R. Murray II | USA Today | February 29, 2016

With marriage equality a reality and gay folks enjoying increased rights, social progressives are looking for the next cause du jour. The reaction generated by a South Dakota bill that would use biology, not identity, to determine bathroom usage, suggests transgender rights are next up.

According to the bill, which the legislature passed and sent to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for action by Tuesday, “every restroom, locker room, and shower room located in a public elementary or secondary school that is designated for student use and is accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for and used only by students of the same biological sex.”

What does “biological sex” mean? It is defined by the bill, and any middle schooler who passed science, as “the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and anatomy as identified at birth.”

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