June 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST | 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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