ROCKWALL (CBSDFW.COM) – The bathroom choice debate is intensifying in north Texas as one city begins to mull over a gender ordinance while a state legislator offers to help Target leave Texas.
The City of Rockwall will discuss on Monday an ordinance that would require residents to use the restroom that corresponds with their listed gender on their birth certificate.
Lou Weaver, who was born a woman, does not understand the controversy surrounding polices at stories like Target that allow people to pick the restroom of the gender they identify with personally. “I was out there living my life as a woman and people would go, you don’t belong in here,” said Weaver. “Growing up, I never thought I’d have to talk so much about the “potty” as an adult, but I do.”
State lawmakers like Matt Shaheen of Plano feels stores like Target are now endangering women and children with the new policies. “If they want to leave the state of Texas, I will go over and help them pack and help them leave,” said Shaheen.
He is now working on legislation aimed to forbid cities from passing any ordinances in relation to restrooms. “I’m a little irritated I have to do something like this,” said Shaheen. “But we have a handful of cities in the state of Texas that have over stepped their bounds.”
Shaheen feel it should be left up to the state, which currently does not have a specific law. Transgender people like weaver feel any law or ordinance is a waste of time. “They are looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist,” said Weaver.
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