MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The lawmaker behind a controversial bill, defining who can use bathrooms in Minnesota, will speak about his plan Wednesday.

The bill says “restrooms, locker rooms, [and] dressing rooms … shall remain reserved for males or females as they are biologically defined.”

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That means a transgender person assigned male at birth, but who identifies as a woman, could not use the women’s restroom.

Opponents say it goes against the Civil Rights Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Amendment.

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The group OutFront Minnesota says they would like to see the legislature advance issues that make the state better for all people.

“In 1993, we passed a really strong non-discrimination law. And we made history by including transgender people in prohibiting discrimination in employment, and in education, public accommodations and housing. And this bill really is a step backward,” Monica Meyer, OutFront Minnesota’s executive director, said.

WCCO reached out to the author of the bill, Republican Representative Glenn Gruenhagen from Glencoe, who said he will make a comment at a news conference Wednesday morning.

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