Republican Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed legislation on Tuesday that will prohibit transgenders in public schools from using the bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
“The bill signed by the Republican governor makes Arkansas the fourth state to place such restrictions at public schools, and it comes as bills in Idaho and Iowa also await their governor’s signature,” according to the Associted Press. “And it might be followed by an even stricter Arkansas bill criminalizing transgender adults using public restrooms that match their gender identity.”
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2
“The new Arkansas law requires schools to provide reasonable accommodations, including single-person restrooms. Superintendents, principals and teachers who violate the prohibition could face fines of at least $1,000 from a state panel, and parents could also file private lawsuits to enforce the measure,” the AP added.
The law will not take effect until this summer and targets only multi-person restrooms and locker rooms at public schools as well charter schools. Students from preschool to grade 12 will be affected. Alexa Henning, the spokesperson for Sanders, said in a statement that the law will protect children.