Alabama city passes ordinance to arrest anyone failing to follow bathroom assignments.
The “Purpose” section of the new ordinance which was passed on Tuesday, states:
“The City Council finds that its citizens have a right to quiet solicitude and to be secure from embarrassment and unwanted intrusion into their privacy while utilizing multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facilities by members of the opposite biological sex.”
This decree seems to be in direct retaliation to the public policy Target stores released last week which states they will not force people to use the assigned restroom, but give them the freedom to choose the one that most correlates with their gender identity.
Many opposed to the Target policy are claiming that it opens up the possibility of men dressed as women to enter the ladies room therefore putting them and thier children's security at risk.
Opponents of the "bathroom laws" say that limiting access to public spaces for any youth can send a damaging message.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in a statement this week that "bathroom laws" are in fact damaging to children and fail to address their basic needs and protection.
Dr. Karen Remley, executive director and chief executive officer of the AAP said, "Pediatricians in North Carolina and across the country know what children need: They need the stability and support of nurturing adults, they need the acceptance and compassion of their peers and community, and they need to feel safe where they live and where they learn."
Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge said that the ordinance will be upheld as with any other city code.
"If somebody sees something that makes them uncomfortable, they would call the police," he said. "If the person is still there when the officer arrives, the officer has to witness the crime. Then we take down the person's information, and the person who reported it has to sign out a warrant."
Oxford City Council President Steven Waits said in a statement the edict was "not out of concerns for the 0.3% of the population who identify as transgender" but "to protect our women and children."