Vermont Is Getting More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Lester Mason
May 15, 2018

The president pro tem of the Vermont Senate is calling the promise by Republican Gov. Phil Scott to veto the state budget and a property tax bill "beyond weird".

The bill passed both chambers of Vermont's legislature with overwhelming support.

The bill, which was passed by a large majority in the state House past year and unanimously in the state Senate, requires that all single-user restrooms in public spaces be marked as "gender-free".

Ashe says he hopes Scott signs the two bills.

The law applies to "restaurants, retail stores, schools, workplaces or any other place defined in state law as a public building or place of public accommodation, " the Burlington Free Press reports.

"Two years ago, when I was running for governor, I was asked in a debate whether I would support gender neutral bathrooms in public places or not", Scott said. Working to reverse this trend is one of the primary reasons I ran for governor. Because to me it was just that simple.

"For trans people and gender non-conforming individuals, it provides safe public accommodations", said Senator Becca Ballint (D), who presented the bill in the senate.

The plan would utilize money from the state's 19 million dollar tobacco settlement, surplus revenues and reserve money, but legislators have not embraced the governor's plans.

"Since taking office, I've talked a lot about how important it is to moderate the costs in state government as we work to grow the economy, make Vermont more affordable and modernize state government so we are getting more value out of every hard-earned taxpayer dollar - all of which ensures we can continue to protect the most vulnerable".

"In a time where LBGTQIA rights are being rolled back on the federal level, when the Trump administration isn't protecting children, it is our duty to step in".

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