(NBC News) The age-old tradition of father-daughter dances may get an encore performance on school dance floors in Cranston, R.I.

A lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that she hopes will amend Rhode Island’s language on gender discrimination laws just enough to allow gender-specific events, such as father-daughter dances or mother-son baseball games, to make a comeback after they were banned last fall.

“I don’t believe the intent of these events was ever to be overtly discriminatory, but we all have to live with the language of the law. This bill, if approved and enacted, should ensure that these events can continue without weakening our resolve to oppose discriminatory activities,” State Sen. Hanna Gallo, who represents Cranston, said in a statement.

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