Bathroom battle in Oklahoma appears to be over

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Civil rights leaders blasted lawmakers Thursday who pushed the controversial transgender bathroom bill.

It appears the debate is over in Oklahoma, at least for this legislative session.

On Thursday, lawmakers pushing the bills backed down and passed a non-binding resolution, but it doesn't create a new law.

For the past 10 days, the debate over the transgender bathroom bill has been heated at the State Capitol.

On Tuesday night, a bill that directs schools to provide non-transgender bathrooms for students who object to that failed in committee.

But it was resurrected less than 24 hours later in another bill.

Rep. John Bennett was the House author.

"And, a child or a parent of a child said, 'Hey, I do not want my child going into the restroom with a person of another gender,' then they need to make accommodations for them, as well," Bennett said.

The bill is in response to President Obama's federal directive ordering schools to provide a transgender person access to the bathroom of their choice.

On Thursday morning, supporters of the bill made a statement that while they don't agree with the president, they won't move forward with anymore legislation this year.

"This 10 days hasn't been about bathrooms. It's been about human dignity and an attempt to strip that away from a certain population, to stigmatize a certain population to gain political points," Troy Stevenson said.

Equal rights groups have been angry over the continued efforts this session to pass the bill, instead of focusing on core issues of government.

"There need to be consequences when your caucus members take valuable time and resources from the budget process to attack vulnerable children," ACLU legal director Ryan Keisel said.

Lawmakers can bring the legislation back up next year.

The House will vote on the budget Friday.

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