Lawmaker: South Dakota Transgender Bathroom Debate to Stay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker says a debate over transgender rights will likely continue and that it’s only a matter of time before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case regarding transgender bathroom use.

Republican Rep. Fred Deutsch spoke to the Argus Leader after the high court declined to take up a challenge to a Pennsylvania school’s policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.

Deutsch sponsored a 2016 bill that sought to limit the bathrooms that South Dakota’s transgender students can use. It was vetoed by then-Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Deutsch says state lawmakers will continue to grapple with the issue.

The Supreme Court this week rejected an appeal from Pennsylvania students who argued that allowing transgender students to use the same facilities violated their privacy rights.

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