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Bathroom Bill continues to spark controversy in South Carolina

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Bill supporter, Larry Byrd, says he wants to prevent children from being confused. Bill supporter, Larry Byrd, says he wants to prevent children from being confused.
LGBT supporter Blake Henry-Rivera says if the bill is passed, it will cause anger in the community. LGBT supporter Blake Henry-Rivera says if the bill is passed, it will cause anger in the community.

By Alexa Angelus

Backlash began last Wednesday when people from the LGBT community and their allies protested the so-called Bathroom Bill on the State House grounds after a subcommittee met.

The bill would prevent transgender people from choosing their own bathroom. It is similar to the one passed in North Carolina, which has sparked protests and outrage. The criticism has now moved to South Carolina.

"The bill will bring a lot of anger to the community, especially the LGBT community, and either way we're going to fight," said LGBT supporter Blake Henry-Rivera.

Concerned parents' voices were heard in a committee meeting on Wednesday.

"I will not stand silently as people put my daughter is harms way, I will do anything in my power to make sure this bill does not get passed...and if this travesty of a bill does get passed, I will be with my daughter when she needs to use the bathroom," said Ross Share, a parent of a transgender child.

Bill supporter Larry Byrd said he wants to prevent children from being confused.

"A man being a man, a woman being a woman, and protecting the children from being confused as they go to school and grow up into young adults," said Byrd.

Democratic Sen. Joel Lourie, is against the bill. However, the democrats are outnumbered ten to seven.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Lee Bright says there's a reasonable chance for the Bathroom Bill to pass.

Governor Nikki Haley has spoken out against the bill, so if  lawmakers pass the bill, the chance of her vetoing is likely.

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