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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Organization is Source for Bathroom Ban Bills


Since March, the fallout from North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, HB2, has been swift and harsh. Corporations canceled expansion plans into the state, musicians canceled shows, tourism has dropped; the NBA may move next year’s All-Star Game elsewhere. North Carolina’s own attorney general calls it “a national embarrassment.” And yet, seven other states and almost 200 towns have passed similar bills. And you may be surprised to learn that these laws are being written right here in Orlando. Maitland, to be exact, where the Liberty Counsel is based. Mat Staver, the group’s chairman, told CBS News in April that they had drafted bills for 20 states. The Liberty Counsel calls itself a “policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom.” But the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Marion County School Board Imposes Bathroom Ban


A form of a controversial North Carolina bill that stops transgender people from using bathrooms for the gender they identify with, has now made its way to Florida. The Marion County School Board voted 4 to 1 to pass a measure that restricts students’ access to school bathrooms based on their birth sex, according to the Ocala Star-Banner. The newspaper reports the issue arose after a local parent complained his son’s right to privacy was violated because he had to share a bathroom with a transgender student. The resolution says “male and female users of Marion County Public Schools’ single-sex facilities reasonably expect not to be exposed to persons of the opposite sex while using those facilities.” Before the board’s …
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