VA GOP Rep. Wants To Examine Students' Genitalia For Proof Of Gender
January 12, 2016

Virginia Delegate Mark Cole wins the Creepiest Lawmaker of the Day award for this stunning piece of legislation, requiring that students strictly adhere to designated restroom assignments or risk being fined.

The legislation as filed requires that students attending schools designating restrooms for a specific gender be fined if they use the restroom of the opposite gender.

The proposed law defines gender as "anatomical sex, mean[ing] the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person's anatomy." If students break the law, they are fined up to $50 per infraction.

Under that definition, the only way for anyone to determine such a thing would be to examine each student's genitalia as they enter the restroom. Is that really what Cole thinks public schools should be doing?

This is really just an extension of the old fear the right uses against transgendered and gay people, as if they've somehow elected their sexual preferences in order to head into the opposite gender's restroom.

Doesn't Virginia have any real issues to work on?

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