One Week After Its Passage, Oxford City Council in Alabama Repeals Anti-Transgender Ordinance

By Adam Polaski • May 5, 2016 • 4:10 pm

Yesterday, May 4, the Oxford City Council in Oxford, Alabama voted 3-2 to repeal a broad, discriminatory ordinance that could have punished transgender people by forcing them to face to face up to six months in jail or a $500 fine simply for using a public restroom. The move came just one day after the city council in Rockwall, Texas, overwhelmingly rejected a similar anti-transgender ordinance.

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Matt McTighe, Freedom for All Americans executive director, welcomed the news:

“In just the past two days, we’ve seen something incredible happen in two southern states. Elected officials are taking a stand for treating everyone fairly and equally, and in the process they are firmly rejecting the ugliest lies that our opposition propagates. The work that went into securing these victories in Rockwall and Oxford will help us defeat similar anti-LGBT measures in other municipalities and states. We also must continue vigorously educating Americans about transgender people, so that we can ultimately not just defeat bad bills, but advance the comprehensive nondiscrimination protections needed to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law.”

Like Rockwall, Oxford’s measure was a response to Target’s statement affirming that its customers and employees should use the restrooms that align with their gender identity. Target made that announcement in the wake of North Carolina’s HB 2, which knocks down local protections for LGBT people and further codifies anti-transgender restroom policies into state law. Just this week, the U.S. Department of Justice declared that HB2 violates the Civil Rights Act and must be repealed.

Similar measures have been rejected in state legislatures this year in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, while the governor of South Dakota vetoed a similar bill passed through the SD legislature.


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