After retail chain Target announced allowing transgender employees and customers to use any restroom of their choice this week, Oxford City Council in Alabama passed an ordinance against such an allowance.
Transgender people in Oxford will now be vulnerable to facing six months in jail if they use the restroom opposite of their birth/biological sex.
According to the council, the ordinance declares that other individuals using the public facility would not be comfortable exposing themselves to others of the opposite sex.
Additionally, an open situation as such would increase the vulnerability of potential crimes like molestation, voyeurism, assault and battery, and more.
The law does however include exceptions for children under the age of 12 accompanying adults.
The Oxford Police outlines that anyone violating the ordinance could face a $500 fine or six months in jail.