Gender defining bill advances to Senate

Charleston, WV (WOAY) – The mountain state’s Republican-led house of delegates has passed legislation to narrow the definitions of gender.  

Democrats say the bill is meant to suppress transgender people. 

The legislation was approved Wednesday with an 87 to 12 vote and now goes to the Senate for further consideration. 

The legislation says “equal” does not mean “same” or “identical” concerning equality of the sexes.  

It would define that a person’s sex is determined at birth and that gender equity terms may not be substituted.  

Critics say the bill would ban transgender people from using government building restrooms that align with their gender identity.  

Democratic delegate Mike Pushkin calls the bill transphobic and ‘political rubbish.’ 

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