Iowa ‘bathroom bill’ would restrict school restroom use to individual’s biological sex

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DES MOINES, Iowa (WHO) — A proposal that had previously stalled at the Iowa Statehouse is now gaining traction.

The bill would require people to use the bathroom of their sex assigned at birth. The bill is now eligible for debate in the full Iowa Senate.

Senator Jim Carlin, the bill’s sponsor, says he’s not trying to target transgender people but is concerned about the safety of others in restrooms.

Opponents say if the bill passes, it would actually lead to more awkward situations than not.

“I’m sure no one on the committee or in the public would want a 39-year-old adult man, transgender man, such as myself, using the girls’ restroom at an elementary school,” said Kristian Maul, who opposes the proposed legislation.

Currently, under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, gender identity is a protected class.

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