Following the passage (and massive failure) of North Carolina’s HB2, Texas Republicans are pushing for legislation to ban trans people from using the bathroom or locker room that matches their gender identity.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick introduced Bill SB6 last Thursday. If passed, the bill will impose a fine of $1,000 or more on a trans person who uses a forbidden bathroom.
Proponents of the bill say its purpose is to protect women from assault, but that’s total nonsense. Letting trans people pee does not endanger women, and it’s pretty obvious that the GOP doesn’t really care about women.
If the bill does pass, Outsports predicts that the NCAA might move its Final Four championship games, depriving the Lone Star State of thousands if not millions.
Will the bill pass? The Texas Observer doesn’t think so:
[The bill] may clear the ultra-conservative Senate, but it faces an uphill battle in the House. Speaker Joe Straus says the bill won’t be a priority, and even Governor Greg Abbott is having doubts. The bill has generated strong opposition from the business community, which fears the type of economic backlash experienced by North Carolina over a similar law.
Let’s hope they’re right, and Texas legislators pick their wallets over their prejudices.