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A Senator Is Trying To Pass A Bill That Would Require Diaper Changing Tables In Men's Bathrooms

"This is an issue ... that is highly representative of the inequality that exists in parenting responsibility, as well as the lack of recognition by businesses of same sex marriage," New York Senator Brad Hoylman told BuzzFeed News.

Posted on April 16, 2015, at 5:14 p.m. ET

Democratic New York State Senator Brad Hoylman was sick of him and his husband having to change his 4-year-old daughter on a "pee-covered floor next to a urinal," he told BuzzFeed News. He wants to do something about it.

Courtesy Senator Hoylman

Hoylman just finished drafting a bill for the New York State Senate that would require all new buildings or largely renovated bathrooms in New York state to have changing tables in both female and male public bathrooms.

The installation of the changing table in the men's room would be at the expense of the business.

"This is a personal issue for me," the 49-year-old senator told BuzzFeed News, "but it's also about men needing to pick up the slack in parenthood."

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Recently, celebrities like Ashton Kutcher have been speaking up in anger over the lack of changing tables in men's restrooms.

Kutcher and Change.org created a petition for more changing tables, and now two bills on the subject are being considered in California.

Hoylman, who is the former president of the Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats, has decided to take the issue to New York, but with a slightly different angle.

The Senator said that more and more gay men are becoming parents all over America and its time for public businesses to accommodate that.

"This is an issue ... I think is highly representative of the inequality that exists in parenting responsibility," Hoylman said, "as well as the lack of recognition by businesses of same sex marriage."

Courtesy Senator Hoylman

The senator noted that the bill does not require pre-existing businesses to install changing tables in their public mens' rooms, to avoid causing businesses excess expenses.

Hoylman is introducing the bill to the New York State Senate on April 17. If approved, it would go into effect immediately for all future buildings with public restrooms.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.