Catholic Diocese of Phoenix opposes so-called 'Bathroom Bill'

PHOENIX - A bill in front of the city council would change the non-discrimination law in Phoenix, protecting Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender people. 

Essentially, the proposal prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, such as restaurants and hotels.  

But, opponents have dubbed it, the "Bathroom Bill", because, if approved, a man could follow a woman into the bathroom by claiming to be transgender. 

Supporters say they despise the nickname, claiming it's a fear-mongering lie created by critics of the bill.

"They can swing this, that's why they do this because they know if they can get people to think that that's what this is about and this has nothing to do that, they'll flood that place with angry people and the politicians will run scared," says Erica Keppler, who supports the bill.

The proposed changes are similar to laws adopted by more than 150 other cities and counties across the country.

The Phoenix City Council will discuss the measure Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre to handle the crowd expecting to show up.


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