A "bathroom battle" is brewing in Big Sky Country.
The Montana Family Foundation is part of an effort to get an initiative on the ballot that would allow people to decide whether boys should be limited to using boys' restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms, while girls should be limited to girls' restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms.
"For us, the issue is simple," says Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Foundation. "A high school girl should never be forced to shower with a boy, even if he does believe he's a girl. We think that's common sense."
But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) disagrees and has filed a lawsuit to block this initiative from getting on the ballot.
"We think it's an act of desperation," adds Laszloffy. "They know if this gets on the ballot it's going to pass by an overwhelming majority."
Following President Obama's "Dear Colleague" letter in 2016, the Montana Family Foundation did some polling and found 63 percent of people thought it was a bad idea for a boy to use a girls' facility and vice versa.
"When you started looking at the poll data even more closely, parents with children eight-years-old to 12th grade opposed it by nearly 80 percent," Laszloffy continues.
The ballot initiative needs around 25,000 signatures by next June in order to have a vote on the matter.
"This is the second lawsuit that the ACLU filed, and they're going to continue filing them to try to delay the process, but we think that they're eventually going to run out of arguments," says Laszloffy. "We believe, actually, that this case is going to be thrown out right off the bat because the issue, the term that the courts used, is 'the issue is not yet ripe' because there is not actually a law for them to oppose; they're just trying to keep the law from passing in the first place. They want the concept to be declared unconstitutional."
Meanwhile, Laszloffy says language is built into the legislation that would allow for boys and girls who do not feel comfortable using big bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms to use a single-stall facility.