NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The controversial transgender bathroom bill is off the table, at least for now.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Susan Lynn, said she wants to study the issue further and will delay action on the bill until next year, The Tennessean reports.
The House bill would mandate students at Tennessee public schools and universities use the restroom or locker room that matches their sex at birth.
Gov. Bill Haslam had expressed concern about the measure, citing Tennessee may lose federal education money if it becomes law.
Similar bills in other states have some companies saying it amounts to discrimination, and some have even threatened not to do business there.
Twelve groups said they would either definitely or likely cancel planned events should the Tennessee bill pass, according to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, causing millions of dollars in lost revenue and local taxes.
The ACLU applauded pulling the bill, saying in a statement:
“We are gratified that Representative Susan Lynn heeded the extensive opposition to this bill from all corners of the state and decided to take this discriminatory and harmful legislation off notice. This measure would have had a devastating financial impact on the state, let alone the damage that it would have caused vulnerable students in Tennessee. Today’s move helps ensure that every child in Tennessee will be treated with respect and dignity. We will remain vigilant to ensure that all Tennessee children are treated equally under the law.”