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Gov. Nikki Haley: SC Does Not Need Transgender Bathroom Bill

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By    |   Friday, 08 Apr 2016 11:07 AM

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley spoke out against a bill that would limit LGBT legal protections by requiring transgender people to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate, according to The Post and Courier

"While other states are having this battle, this is not a battle that we have seen is needed in South Carolina," said Haley.

The bill, filed by Republican Sen. Lee Bright on Wednesday, said the law is about "public safety, unrelated to differing bills and laws in other states concerning religious liberty," reports The Post and Courier.

"South Carolina is doing really well when it comes to respect and when it comes to kindness and when it comes to acceptance," Haley said, according to The State. "For people to imply it's not, I beg to differ."

Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson led the charge against the bill, saying, "I can't imagine a more ridiculous bill." Adding that the bill calls for a "genitalia patrol" to check birth certificates at bathroom doors.

The end of the legislative session is the first week of June, and the bill would have to pass both houses before then.

Sen. Bright "continues to be an embarrassment for South Carolina," said Jaime Harrison, the state's Democratic Party chairman.

Bright "is trying to create a political crisis that doesn't exist," said Ted Pitts, president of South Carolina's chamber of commerce. "Meanwhile, our state has real issues."

"The folks who are always asking for tolerance are very intolerant of the views of others," said Bright. Despite social media backlash and "profane voicemails" he's gotten, he said he would continue to support the bill, because "I think there's a silent majority that supports this."

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