May 26, 2016 at 10:23 am EST | by Staff reports
Anti-trans bill dies in Okla. House
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OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill that would have required school districts to provide separate bathrooms to students who object to sharing them with their transgender classmates has died in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The Associated Press reported members of a House committee voted 10-10 on whether to advance Senate Bill 1619. The tie vote ensured the measure’s defeat.

“We are proud of the fair-minded legislators who stopped this madness at the Capitol, but this bill should have never been proposed in the first place,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, a statewide LGBT advocacy group.

The May 24 vote took place less than a month after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against North Carolina over House Bill 2, which prohibits trans people from using public restrooms consistent with their gender identity and bans municipalities from enacting LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination measures.

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