The South Dakota Catholic Conference supports the passage of House Bill 1005, a bill that ensures sex-segregated restrooms and overnight accommodations for K-12 school children. The bill does not apply to single-occupancy rooms. Boys and girls are not interchangeable, but have God-given differences that are uniquely beautiful and important. Such differences have importance when it comes to appropriate modesty and privacy in intimate spaces. Requiring boys to use boys bathrooms, and girls to use girls ones, reflects respect for values of decency and modesty, which protect the intimate core being of a person. This is especially important for the moral formation of children. HB 1005 safeguards these values.

Categories: 2022 Session