In another sign that America is reverting to a pre-adolescent state, North Carolina just passed a law dictating who can go to which bathroom. The outrage has been swift, and the law is now being challenged in court.
The law has apparently rippled across the South, and a photo is making the rounds on Facebook showing a Kroger supermarket in Athens, Ga. showing a note posted below its Unisex bathroom sign explaining the bathroom's existence. It's not clear if it's a direct response to the N.C. law, but clearly there is now a need to explain why there needs to be one.
"We have a UNISEX bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations. And since we have a lot of our friends coming to see us, we want to provide a place for our friends who are:
- Dads with daughters
- Moms with sons
- Parents with disabled children
- Those in the LGBTQ community
- Adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled
THANK YOU for helping us to provide a safe environment for EVERYONE!
Georgia is currently considering its own bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT people. There too, major businesses are protesting, including the NFL, which is threatening to prevent it from getting a Super Bowl.
Rob covers business, economics and the environment for Fusion. He previously worked at Business Insider. He grew up in Chicago.