Oklahoma Governor Stitt signs bill requiring students to use restrooms based on their birth sex

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EXCLUSIVE: Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said the measure he signed into law on Wednesday, which requires students in schools across the state to use restrooms that match their biological sex at birth, falls under ” common sense” and that it is “a bit crazy” that the law had to be passed in the first place.

The legislation, Senate Bill 615, now applies to K-12 students in state and public charter schools. In addition to toilets, the new law also requires students to use changing rooms that match their birth sex.

The bill, which was successfully passed by the Oklahoma state legislature last week, calls on schools to “provide reasonable accommodation to anyone who does not wish to comply” with the new law. This accommodation, according to the measure, is “access to a single occupancy toilet or changing room”.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a panel discussion in the State Dining Room of the White House on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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“It’s common sense,” Stitt told Fox News Digital when describing the law in an interview Thursday. “It’s kind of crazy that we have to pass laws like this these days, but it just says we’re going to protect girls. Girls are going to go to the girls’ bathroom, boys are going to the boys’ bathroom, and it’s going to be the law for kids in Oklahoma K-12 We’ll have a third single-use bathroom for anyone who might not want to use one of those bathrooms – the good thing is.

“We’ve heard from parents, we’ve heard from families, we’ve heard from little girls, they won’t be comfortable sharing a bathroom with boys all through school,” he said. he adds.

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Asked about the safety this provides for those concerned about sharing restrooms with transgender students, Stitt reiterated that it was “common sense” and insisted that during his time as governor he will not allow not allow boys to expose themselves to little girls in the school toilets. or changing rooms.

“We’re not attacking anyone,” Stitt said. “We are just protecting our young girls and our young people.”

A primary school child goes to the toilet to wash her hands on her first day of school on September 15, 2020.
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A primary school child goes to the toilet to wash her hands on her first day of school on September 15, 2020.
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“We think with my own kids, I have three daughters and I have three sons, there’s a difference between boys and girls,” he said. “We are going to protect the innocence of our youngsters. It is something for the parents to decide, but I will not let a boy expose himself to a little girl in the bathroom or share a bathroom with the opposite sex.”

Discussing the potential backlash he might receive about the new law, Stitt said those who oppose the law can “argue with me and we can have a disagreement.”

“I represent four million Oklahomans, it’s passed overwhelmingly by the House and Senate who are elected by people across the state,” he added. “I was overwhelmingly elected by Oklahomans to put my values ​​into signing bills and different boards and commissions and the conservative outlook that I have. I am the same person who ran and was elected …”

“Are there any fringe, out of touch, socialist Democrats who want something different? Maybe so. But I don’t think that represents the Oklahoma that I grew up in and I’m an Oklahoman from fourth generation,” he added.

Earlier this year, Stitt signed into law “Safeguarding the Women’s Sports Act“, which prevents transgender girls and women from competing on women’s sports teams.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs a bill in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, that bars transgender girls and women from competing on women's sports teams.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signs a bill in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, that bars transgender girls and women from competing on women’s sports teams.
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Stitt said he spoke with several residents across the state who expressed support for the measure and thanked him for “standing up for what’s right” and “not being pushed around by a very small vocal minority”.

The law states that non-compliant school districts could lose 5% of their public funding and also provides parents and legal guardians with the ability to file civil lawsuits against school districts that are in violation. These lawsuits will be investigated by the Oklahoma State School Board.

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