Oxford, Ala. votes to rescind controversial bathroom ordinance

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Leaders of an east Alabama city have voted to recall an ordinance that would have imposed criminal penalties on people for using restrooms that don’t match their sex at birth.

The Oxford City Council held a special meeting Wednesday and recalled an ordinance that members had unanimously approved last week. The measure would have levied a misdemeanor charge, a fine of up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

City officials said the ordinance was passed out of concern for public safety in response to a policy by Target that allows staff and customers to use restrooms that align with their gender identity.

The retailer, which operates a store in Oxford, announced the policy amid national debate over laws LGBT advocates have criticized as discriminatory toward transgender people.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.

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