Michigan Mayor Fights Against Transgender Bills: ‘Not A Problem’

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A city council in Michigan passed a resolution denouncing transgender bathroom bills that prevent transgenders from using the bathroom of their choice.

The Douglas City Council’s resolution Tuesday denounced two bills introduced by Michigan state legislators that mandate people must use the bathroom according to their biological sex, reports the Holland Sentinel.

“It’s something that is not a problem,” Jim Wiley, the mayor of Douglas, said. “I’m actually offended that the Legislature is more interested in legislating our bathrooms than in fixing our roads. I’m completely not in support of these (bills).”

Republican state Sen. Tom Casperson and Rep. Jim Runestad introduced the bills a few months ago. Casperson introduced his in March in response to a set of state Department of Education guidelines on how to deal with gay and transgender students; his bill saidtransgender students must either use the bathroom according to their biological sex or use a single stall restroom.

“In the pursuit of social justice, this so-called draft guidance document creates numerous problems, from the elimination of parental authority and notification to threatening student safety and beyond,” Casperson said.

Runestad’s bill prevents transgenders from using the bathroom of their choice in schools and in government agencies.

“It is hard to believe that a state board, which is clearly out of touch with Michigan residents, got assistance from equally out of touch unelected bureaucrats to develop such a document to fundamentally change Michigan’s public education system without the public’s prior knowledge or consent,” said Casperson on his bill.

The Douglas City Council also asked the state to create laws that would prevent discrimination against transgenders or gays when it comes to housing and employment, among other things.

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