New Hampshire's GOP governor expected to sign ban on transgender discrimination

New Hampshire's GOP governor expected to sign ban on transgender discrimination
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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) is expected to sign a bill in the coming weeks that would ban discrimination in the state based on gender identity. 

The New Hampshire Union Leader reported that the Republican-controlled state Senate passed the legislation last week. The bill would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people in matters of housing, employment and public accommodations.

"These laws are necessary because of the pervasive discrimination that transgender people face at work, at home and in public. I’m not transgender, but 10, 20 years ago, I experienced these discriminations," said state Sen. Dan Innis (R), who is gay.

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The law will go into effect 30 days after Sununu signs it.

The public accommodations provision drew some pushback from Republican lawmakers. That part of the law provides protections for transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. 

“I believe that other people have an interest here, a privacy right that this bill is going to infringe on,” state Sen. William Gannon (R) told the Union Leader. 

The bill passed the state House of Representatives in March.

Once the governor signs the bill, New Hampshire will be the 19th state in the country to ban discrimination against transgender people, the Union Leader reported.