The bill, proposed last week by S.C. Sen. Lee Bright, R-Greenville, would limit access to multiple-occupancy bathrooms in the state to people of the same biological sex.
Bright said the bill is a common-sense measure.
“Men and women sharing bathrooms in public places is just beyond me,” Bright said on the Senate floor.
But opponents of the bill allege it is specifically designed to discriminate against individuals who do not identify with their biological sex.
“This bill does nothing but single out the transgender community and create discrimination,” said Shaundra Scott, executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina.
Scott was one of many critics who voiced displeasure yesterday during Senate committee hearings for the bill, saying it particularly targets transgender youth.
Bright defended the bill, calling it the same as the bill that was signed by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory in late March.
“I want to stand with North Carolina; I think you should as well,” Bright said in his introduction of the bill on the Senate floor. “With our neighbors to the North who are showing some common decency and some common sense.”