RALEIGH, NC - Does it take an act of Congress to be able to use the bathroom in America?
It's starting to sound like it.
In the past six months, so-called "bathroom bills" have been all the rage in the South. Some states have been enacting "religious freedom" legislation which prevents transgender citizens from using the restroom associated with the gender with which they identify.
In North Carolina, a bathroom bill that became law has gay rights activists outraged.
"All of these people are upset," the Transgender Law Center's Micky Bee insisted. "They are angry. They have been left out of the democratic process."
Another protester from Charlotte, Elizabeth Clements, agreed. "This law hurts these people, and then it hurts me."
In Georgia, a similar bill has some corporations like Disney considering flushing their business to other states.
As many as 20 companies are considering canceling conventions in Atlanta which could cost the local economy as much as a billion dollars-- over the "possible" passing of the bill.
And who could forget the "HERO ordinance" debacle in Houston- which would have allowed transgender restroom choices- but it was defeated last November.
So, these bathroom battle-lines have been drawn.
As protesters chanted, "This is not over!"
For now, when nature calls - just remember - when you've gotta go, you've gotta go.