June 12, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Anti-trans Arizona bill shelved
John Kavanagh, Arizona, gay news, Washington Blade

Arizona state Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) (Photo courtesy Arizona Legislature)

PHOENIX — The sponsor of an Arizona bill that would have banned local governments from passing ordinances that would punish local businesses if they did not allow transgender people to use their restrooms has shelved his measure for the remainder of the current legislative session.

State Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) told the Arizona Republic on June 5 he plans to reintroduce the proposal that became known as the “bathroom bill” next year.

“It makes me rest easier in that we’ve got another six to seven months to educate people,” Equality Arizona President Rebecca Wininger told the newspaper. “I don’t think anybody but Kavanagh had a belief that it was a truly needed bill.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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  • “It makes me rest easier in that we’ve got another six to seven months to educate people,” I called John Kavanagh when the restroom bill was active, left a message asking for more information so I could understand his viewpoint better, he never returned my call. how can one educate others when they cant/wont call their own continuations back to clarify a bill (educate the public). John Kavanagh needs to find real problems in Arizona and find positive solutions and laws where necessary, making laws for perceived problems really isn't good use of tax payer money.

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