Oxford, Alabama is striking back at Target’s policy of allowing men to use women’s bathrooms this week by unanimously passing a new city ordinance aimed directly at the store and their practice. The new law makes Target’s policy illegal.
Under the ordinance, first reported by The Anniston Star, anyone within city limits or Oxford’s police jurisdiction is required to use public bathrooms and changing rooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate. The city council stated that the law was passed specifically in response to Target’s policy.
Oxford has about 22,000 residents. The city council asserts that they received many citizen complaints and concerns after Target’s policy made headlines, and the city is responding to the wishes of it’s residents accordingly.
Radical LGBT activist group Human Rights Campaign attacked the city’s local decision, calling it “horrific.’ The head of their Alabama office, Eva Kendrick, said the law “is a shameful and vile attack on the rights and privacy of transgender people.”
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