New Ordinance Against New Bathroom Policy

Thursday, April 28, 2016


One local city council unanimously votes to restrict a person’s use of public bathrooms and changing rooms to the facilities designated for use by those of the gender listed on his or her birth certificate. Today, Oxford officials spoke to the media at a press conference at the Municipal Court Chamber at the Oxford Police Department. The city of Oxford passed an ordinance making it illegal to use a public restroom different from the gender on a person's birth certificate. Council President Steven Waits says the ordinance, passed Tuesday, came in response to Target's new restroom and changing room policies. Target announced the policies last week, which allow transgender employees and shoppers to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. The ordinance makes the offense a misdemeanor. Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge says the law will be enforced like any other city ordinance. There are some exceptions to the new rule: Adults are allowed to accompany children under the age of 12 into the restroom. Those who need to do janitorial or maintenance work, to offer emergency medical assistance, or to assist the disabled, are also permitted to enter any bathroom. City Attorney Ron Allen addressed possible dissention. There is a Target store in the Oxford Exchange shopping center.


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