Palmetto Sunrise: Groups in support of, against transgender ‘bathroom bill’ to fill Statehouse

The South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia. ¬ @Photo credit:File/Lauren Prescott/Staff ¬

COLUMBIA — Groups who are both for and against a proposed bill that would require transgender people to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates have planned to fill the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Sen. Lee Bright, R-Roebuck, will hold a public hearing 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to get feedback on the bill that he introduced last week, which he said was in the interest of public safety.

Palmetto Family, a faith-based public policy foundation based in Greenville, bringing lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom to speak with members of the media Wednesday morning. Members of the group also are expected to testify before the Senate panel.

“Increasingly, laws allowing men to enter restrooms and other private facilities with young girls are being enacted, stripping away these girls’ basic physical privacy rights,” Matt Sharp, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a press release. “Laws like S.1203 address this pressing concern and protect South Carolinians, particularly students, from inappropriate exposure to members of the opposite sex.”

The University of South Carolina Trans Student Alliance is organizing testimony for the bill from transgender youth and will follow the hearing with a rally at the Statehouse beginning at noon.

“We want South Carolina to know that we will not stand for discrimination targeting transgender people in our state,” Theo Santos, president of the Trans Student Alliance, said in a press release. “This rally and movement is not just to take down the bill, but to make steps towards widespread progress for transgender people in South Carolina.”

Bright said in order to hear everyone, there may be another hearing on Thursday.

Presidential election 2016

CNN’s Republican presidential town halls continue Wednesday with Anderson Cooper hosting frontrunner Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi Cruz.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his family participated in a town hall Monday and businessman Donald Trump and his family met with Cooper Tuesday.

The town halls this week will lead to a debate between the two Democratic candidates Thursday.

Presidential candidates will be front and center on CNN this week as they head into next week’s important primary election.

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