McCain, a former Navy pilot and Republican presidential candidate, has introduced legislation to amend the Constitution to define the term “gender identity” and allow for the establishment of a “gender conscience” in the United States.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Sen. Brian Schatz (D), the senators announced Monday.
“For decades, the Federal Government has been silent and silent on our need for this change,” the bill reads.
“The American people have made it clear that they want to live in a society that recognizes our shared humanity and respects the humanity of others.
We cannot stand by and watch as the United Nations and other international bodies declare us equal.”
Booker, who is also the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, noted that the Senate bill would also give states more control over how the federal government funds gender transition operations.
The legislation has the support of President Donald Trump, who has pledged to push for the inclusion of transgender students in his school system.
“This is a historic moment in the history of the United Kingdom and the United United States,” Booker said in a statement.
“It is now time to end the shame and isolation that have held many of us back for too long.”
Booker also told the Associated Press that the bill would not change existing laws, and would simply provide states more leeway.
“We’re going to make sure the bill is not an effort to create an entirely new law,” he said.
“I believe that’s what happened in other countries.
And I’m confident that this bill will be interpreted in a manner that does not create an unnecessary barrier to our ability to live and work together in a way that we should be able to.”
This story has been updated to reflect a statement from the Democratic Caucus.