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South Carolinians divided on bathroom bill

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Protestors outside the Gressete room showed up an hour before the Sub Committee started Protestors outside the Gressete room showed up an hour before the Sub Committee started
This was Greg Green's second day straight protesting the Bathroom Bill This was Greg Green's second day straight protesting the Bathroom Bill
Pastor Tim Bupp feels that religion is about bringing people together and not dividing them Pastor Tim Bupp feels that religion is about bringing people together and not dividing them

By Edwin Santamaria

South Carolinians gathered outside the Marion Gressette State Office Building on the State House grounds to show their support and disagreement with the Bathroom Bill. The bill would ban transgender people from choosing the bathroom of their choice, it would require that restrooms on public property be used based on an individual's biological sex at birth.

Supporters and protesters lined up outside the Gressette room before the Senate General Subcommittee started for the controversial bill.

Greg Green is a transgender male who says he just hopes to have simple rights by the end of the General Subcommittee.

"We're just trying to live our lives and be our authentic self's and just work live, and be free." Green says.

Larry Byrd supports the Bathroom Bill. He refers to to the bill differently.

"I like to call it protect the innocence bill. Protect the children. Protect the women," he said.

"I'll like to see the innocence of our kids go a long a time.  I’ll like to see them innocent until they’re 16 years old. We’re here for that. We’re for righteousness. We don’t want any more confusion.” Byrd says.

Religion is one of the main points for people who support the bill, but also for protesters.

“I know that there are a lot of religious groups that are gathering. And they're  going to be speaking about things, that Christ drew lines. But Christ erased lines and I don’t understand why we’re redrawing them.” says Tim Bupp

Bupp is a pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia.

The Bathroom Bill is dividing the state and is affecting real lives. Greg Green feels that after the General Subcommittee there's still a long road ahead for process.

"It will be even better if the Bathroom Bill goes away all together. But I feel like this is probably not the end of the bill," he said.

Governor Nikki Haley has said the bill is unnecessary, and that her office has not received any complaints about the issue.

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