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S.C. Statehouse bathroom gender bill blows up on social media

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S.C. Statehouse bathroom gender bill blows up on social media

This screenshot shows one of the Twitter accounts, @PeeWithLee that has been created in response to legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Lee Bright. If passed, the bill would regulate gender issues inside South Carolina’s public restrooms.

A conservative lawmaker’s legislation to regulate gender issues inside South Carolina’s public restrooms is making a splash on social media.

Within hours of state Sen. Lee Bright’s bill being filed, Twitter handles and e-chatter began popping up with hashtags that included #peewithlee and #peeforleesc. A Twitter account @PeeWithLee was also created.

“Let’s let him know every time we go!” one comment said.

Bright, a Spartanburg Republican, on Wednesday introduced a bill similar to the controversial North Carolina law that prevents local governments from passing laws expanding the use of gender-designated public restrooms to transgender people.

Bright said he introduced the bill because his constituents voiced concern over the issue as it gained traction in North Carolina.

“There’s a segment of the population that believes that you ought to be able to use whatever rest room you identify yourself as being,” Bright said afterward.

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The effort drew widespread condemnation online.

“Just saw someone enter the bathroom. Better go check to make sure they really are a man. #peewithlee,” one comment said.

Democrats have also pounced on the bill.

“I know we can do better. I have seen South Carolina do better. It’s time for the SCGOP to rein in its own and say no to this hateful legislation,” said S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison.

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