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Ky. Senate passes bill regulating transgender bathroom use

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky Senate passed a measure Friday, which would regulate bathroom use by transgender students in schools.

The legislation failed in committee before being passed on a re-vote earlier this week

Senate Bill 76 would require public school students to use the restrooms of their biological sex or seek special accommodations, according to the bill's sponsor Sen. C.B. Embry Jr. (R-Morgantown).

After a lengthy floor debate, the measure passed by a 27-9 vote.

Embry said SB 76 had nothing to do with homosexuality in response to questions from Sen. Reginald Thomas (D-Lexington), who opposed the legislation.

“Passing this bill would cast a shroud of darkness over this body,” Thomas said.

“It is not the responsibility of this body to protect the rights of one particular group,” Sen. Danny Carroll (R-Paducah) said, speaking in favor of the bill. “It's the responsibility of this body to protect the rights of all. In this case, this bill does protect the rights of all the students.”

Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green) also spoke in favor of the bill, saying it's about modesty.

“I think as a parent, I don't want that situation for my daughter,” (R-Bowling Green) said.

“This is not about modesty,” Sen. Gerald Neal (D-Louisville) countered. “This is about fear.”

SB 76 will now go to the House for consideration.

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