Target in Oxford

Target at the Oxford Exchange.   

The City Council of Oxford interjected itself into the bathroom wars on Tuesday. By a unanimous vote, the council passed an anti-transgender ordinance that makes it illegal for someone to use a public bathroom “designated for use by the opposite biological sex of the person.”

The vote was in reaction to a recent statement by mega-retailer Target: “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.”

Make no mistake, while council members wrapped their support in terms of protecting women and children from predators, the result of the law will be harassment of transgender people. Under the ordinance, a person born a woman who identifies and dresses as a man would be forced to enter the restroom designated for women.

If not, this person faces six months in jail or a $500 fine.

What does Oxford get in the bargain? A slew of lawsuits, the scorn and ridicule of the nation and a mess of confusion for the city’s law-enforcers who must somehow enforce this new law.