Responding to the controversial North Carolina bathroom law, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said that men belong in men's restrooms, and women in women's restrooms since "we've been doing it this way forever."
"Do you believe biological males should be permitted to use the women's room in federal facilities and parks around the country?" a journalist asked Rubio April 26, according to the Christian Post.
"No," answered the senator and former presidential candidate, who withdrew from the 2016 race after a weak performance in his home state of Florida. "I think men's bathrooms are for men and women's bathrooms are for women."
In recent weeks, several policies have passed that affect transgender individuals. The most famous is HB2, a North Carolina law that requires people to use public restrooms that match the sex they were assigned at birth, CNN reports. A similar law in an Alabama city would jail those who use a bathroom other than what corresponds to their biological sex for six months.
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"…single sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals utilizing those facilities which may include, but not limited to, voyeurism, exhibitionism, molestation and assault and battery," the Alabama ordinance states, according to CNN.
But the recent laws have angered many powerful companies and performers. Pearl Jam, Boston Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Bruce Springsteen are among those who have canceled tours in North Carolina to protest the law, while companies like PayPal have left the state, taking hundreds of future jobs with them.
President Barack Obama has called on legislators to overturn the laws, which he said violate "the equal rights of all people," while the U.K. issued a travel advisory recommending that LGBT travelers avoid visiting North Carolina and Mississippi, according to the Christian Post.
But Rubio and many other Republican politicians have stood by the ordinance, which many people say promotes safety and normality.
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"I don't know what the problem we're trying to solve here is," Rubio said of the measure. "I mean, we've been doing it this way forever. I don't know, I just don't see this crisis that all of a sudden they're scrambling to create all these solutions for."