Alabama city passes transgender bathroom ordinance

OXFORD, Ala. (AP) — The city of Oxford, Alabama, has passed an ordinance making it illegal to use a public restroom different from the gender on a person’s birth certificate.

Council President Steven Waits tells local news outlets the ordinance passed Tuesday came in response to Target’s new restroom and changing room policies. Target announced the policies last week, which allow transgender employees and shoppers to use the restroom that matches their gender identity.

There is a Target store in the Oxford Exchange shopping center.

The ordinance makes the offense a misdemeanor. Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge says the law will be enforced like any other city ordinance, such as noise violations or public indecency.

Violators of the ordinance could face a $500 fine or up to six months in jail.

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