|SC Sen. Lee Bright|
South Carolina's anti-transgender "bathroom bill" has died in committee this year but its sponsor, State Sen. Lee Bright, can't seem to take the loss with dignity.
From the Charlotte Observer:
With his bill certain to fail, Bright was planning another way to advance his agenda Wednesday.
When the state budget comes up for debate next week, Bright said he will try to add a proposal to ban state aid to local governments that pass laws requiring businesses to allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of their choice. Local governments that require that are telling businesses “how to run their restrooms,” he said.
Bright said he has high hopes that his no-aid proposal will pass. “We’d rather have the full bill, but we’ll take what we can get.”
From the debate and the parties who stood against his bill, including several businesses, one can only assume that Bright has to be in another universe of thought. And it gets even better (or worse):
Bright said Wednesday he would reintroduce his original transgender bathroom bill next year if he wins re-election. Three Republicans are challenging Bright in the June GOP primary.
“We’re not going to sacrifice the privacy and safety of 99.7 percent of the population because 0.3 percent is confused about their gender identity.”
That statement is also another flight of fancy from Bright. US Attorney Bill Nettles told the General Committee during testimony that there has been no cases of women being attacked because of men sneaking in bathrooms dressed as women. Clearly, Sen. Bright needs to accept the fact that he lost this round.