By Izumi Hansen
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Gender bathroom bill passes committee



WARNING SIGNS: A church in Houston posted this sign at its restrooms after a law was passed there similar to the rule recently enacted in Washington.

A bill to repeal a rule allowing people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with drew a substantial crowd at its first and only public hearing last Wednesday.

SB 6443 passed 4-3 through the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee later that day, four Republicans in favor, three Democrats opposed. A companion bill, HB 2935, has not been scheduled for a House committee public hearing and its chair has said it will not schedule one.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission created a rule based on a 2006 non-discrimination law for sexual identity passed by the Legislature. The rule says people must be allowed to use gender-segregated places that match their gender identity.

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