TENNESSEE: Bathroom Bill Dies In State Senate

The Tennessean reports:

The bathroom bill, at least for this session, is dead in the Senate. Reintroduced by Sen. Mae Beavers [photo], the controversial bill, which would have required students in public schools to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex listed on their birth certificate, failed to receive a proper motion from the members the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, effectively killing it.

Opponents of the bill from the American Civil Liberties Union and LGBT Chamber of Commerce filled the committee room and held up signs in silent opposition to the bill, claiming it discriminates against transgender students and other members of the LGBT community. When the bill was met with silence and dismissed by the committee, supporters let out happy gasps of surprise.

“It seems like we are making progress on teaching these legislators on what being transgender in Tennessee is like,” said Henry Seaton, the LGBT organizer for the ACLU of Tennessee said. “I was very shocked, but very proud that they did not hear it.”

According to GOP Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, the bill wasn’t needed anyway due to Trump’s “courageous action” in rescinding President Obama’s protections for transgender students.

RELATED: Last month Beavers and Sen. Mark Pody had to flee protesters their own press conference for their bill to defy SCOTUS on same-sex marriage.

ALSO RELATED: The Wikipedia page for Mae Beavers is a doozy:

Beavers is anti-abortion, a pro-Second Amendment activist, antiscience, a firm believer in nativism, a supporter of the abolition of state income taxation, and a proponent of tougher laws and measures against illegal immigrants. An ardent supporter of rape culture, Beavers has also supported legislation to dismantle the civil rights of the LGBT community. While running on a platform of lowered government spending, Beavers has repeatedly introduced fiscally irresponsible, unconstitutional legislation that does not pass. Beavers as well as current congressmen and former state legislators of women’s bodies. Beavers also strongly opposed the 2010 health care reform legislation proposals, sponsoring instead the Tennessee Health Freedom Act in order to protect “a citizen’s right to participate, or not participate, in any healthcare system.”