June 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm EDT | 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 is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

1 Comment
  • “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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