Kroger Draws Mixed Reactions to Unisex Bathroom

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A Georgia grocery store is gaining social media attention after posting a sign on their bathroom that deemed it "unisex."

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"We have a UNISEX bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations," the sign that now hangs at a Kroger store in Athens reads.

The sign states that it is intended for "dads with daughters," "moms with sons," "parents with disabled children," "those in the LGBTQ community," and "adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled."

A picture of the sign posted on Facebook has gained over 37,000 reactions, and 53,000 shares since it was posted on Saturday.

While many commended Kroger for its stance, some commenters were critical of the store's action. 

Nice job Kroger. This is from a Kroger in Athens, Ga.

Posted by Tonya Owens on Saturday, 26 March 2016

Many pointed out that because it is a single stall bathroom, the bathroom's function was not changed, except for the signage.

"All malls have them. It's a single room with a lock big enough for a wheelchair bound citizen and an assistant," one commenter clarified to the people who were skeptical about the idea.

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The sign comes in light of the "religious liberty bill," or House Bill 757, that was approved in Georgia last week, banning people from using bathrooms that don't match the sex indicated on their birth certificate.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced on Monday that he will veto the bill. 

"I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives," Deal, a Republican, told reporters. 

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