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US Vermont gender-neutral bathroom bill is signed into law

13:00  14 may  2018
13:00  14 may  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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An all-gender restroom at Santee High School in Los Angeles, California. © MARK RALSTON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images An all-gender restroom at Santee High School in Los Angeles, California.

Vermont lawmakers have passed a bill that will require all single-user bathrooms in public buildings or places of public accommodation to be marked as gender-neutral.

Gov. Phil Scott signed H.333 on Friday. It was introduced in the Vermont General Assembly in February 2017.

The bill passed with a large majority in the House in April 2017, and then took a year to reach the Senate, where it passed unanimously.

"Two years ago, when I was running for governor, I was asked in a debate whether I would support gender-neutral bathrooms in public places or not," Scott, a Republican, said at the bill-signing ceremony at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier. "I responded with a one-word answer, a simple yes. Because to me it was just that simple. Why wouldn't we do that? And now two years later I am honored to be able to sign that legislation into law today."

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Phil Scott of Vermont signs Vermont 's gender - neutral bathroom bill into law on Friday May 11, 2018. He is surrounded by advocates and members of Phil Scott of Vermont signed a bill , H.333, into law on Friday requiring all public single occupancy restrooms in that state to be gender - neutral .

A bill that requires all single-user public bathrooms to be marked as gender - neutral has been signed into law in Vermont . “ Vermont is the state that often has to show the rest of the United States where to go and how to get there,” Brenda Churchill, a representative of the LGBTQIA Alliance of Vermont

According to the bill, "a single-user toilet may be identified by a sign, provided that the sign marks the facility as a restroom and does not indicate any specific gender."

Scott said, "This is especially important for kids in school who face anxiety and bullying over something as simple as using the restroom. Treating others in this way is not who we are as Vermonters, and I hope the signing of this bill will send a powerful message that that's not the way we act.

"Vermont has a well-earned reputation for embracing equality and being inclusive," he added.

In February 2017, the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.

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A bathroom bill is the common name for legislation or a statute that defines access to public toilets (restrooms)—by Bathroom bills affect access to sex-segregated public facilities for an individual based on a determination of " Vermont Gov. Signs Gender - Neutral Restroom Bill ". The Advocate.

Gender - neutral bathroom located in a Los Angeles high school. According to CNN, the bill for gender - neutral bathrooms was passed by the House in April 2017 and reached Executive orders have also been signed by governors from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

State Rep. Bill Lippert Jr., one of the co-sponsors of the Vermont bill, said, "In the face of the kind of hysteria that has been generated around transgender restrooms in other states, this makes commons sense. Because it really makes a difference for transgender people who want to use a bathroom where they feel safe. It is satisfying to take the next step forward."

In a statement, Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said, "Too many states are passing 'bathroom bills' that move in the wrong direction, discriminating against LGBTQIA individuals and forcing schoolchildren to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender at birth, not their chosen gender identity. In a time where LBGTQIA rights are being rolled back on the federal level, when the Trump administration isn't protecting children, it is our duty to step in."

The law will go into effect on July 1. It does not apply to bathrooms with more than one toilet.

CNN's Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.

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