Republican presidential candidates take on bathroom equality, Hoosiers respond

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- As candidates begin to stake their claim in Indiana ahead of the May 3 primary, another hot-button issue on the campaign trail is transgender use of public restrooms. The issue came to light after North Carolina became the first state to require transgender people to use the bathroom according to their sex at birth, not their gender identity.

Now, one of the nation's biggest retailers have come out against bathroom bans. Target says to go where you feel comfortable. Senator Ted Cruz and Donald Trump have very different viewpoints on bathroom freedom, and so do Hoosiers.

During a stop at Jackamo's pizza in Greenwood Monday afternoon, Cruz supporters clashed with a transgender woman who wants Cruz to know she has the right to use the women's bathroom.

"Personally someone has, I've had multiple people threaten to kill me if they catch me in the bathroom so it's kind of a timing thing. His comments although they're not surprising couldn't have come at a worse time," said Paige Matthews.

Sen. Cruz has a strong stance on the issue and he's not budging.

"That doesn't make any sense. It is just political correctness on steroids. It is basic common sense that grown adult men, strangers should not be alone in a bathroom with little girls," said Senator Cruz.

"We aren't out to assault anyone's daughters we aren't out to assault anyone we're out to like my sign says pee in peace. We just want equal rights. We don`t want to hurt anyone," Matthew said.

And GOP front runner Donald Trump actually agrees with that statement. He was faced with the question last week during a town hall meeting on the Today Show where he said if Caitlyn Jenner could use the restroom of her choice at Trump Tower.

One Hoosier mom who attended the Cruz meet and greet in Greenwood says she's totally against it and won't support stores who allow transgender people to decide what bathroom they use.

"I boycott them. That's so not even right. It`s not safe for our kids. I can't send my girls in there now in a public restroom without thinking that somebody else is going to get them," Tori Seeley said.

A petition started by christian conservative group, American Family Association already has more than 600,000 signatures to boycott Target over its policy to allow transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.