Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Texas Senate State Affairs committee voted Tuesday to advance the Texas Bathroom Bill onto the Senate floor for a vote.
Senators denied SB6 was discriminatory, a bill that would put me in jail, voted 8-1 in favor moving it out of committee despite listening to 20 hours of public testimony asking them to flush it.
However, before the public comment period, attendees were forced to listen to hours of testimony from 20 invited witnesses, most who expressed anti-LGBT views. Those individuals had five minutes to present their opinions did so using highly transphobic language followed an extended period of leading questions by the committee.
One of those invited by the committee was a TERF who went on a verbal rampage against transgender people.
Another of the invitees was Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC) a known anti-LGBT hate group. Next to Perkins was NC Lt Gov. Dan Forest who along with Lt. Dan Patrick had appeared last month in an FRC interview conducted by Perkins.
The committee made their intentions clear early Tuesday morning by calling Perkins to testify. The intention of SB6 isn’t to protect Texas women. Despite the committee repeated denials, the purpose of SB6 is to attack the well being and safety of transgender residents.
According to Austin American-Statesman reporter Chuck Lindell, 253 people testified against SB6 SB6 and 29 in favor of it. At 2:00 pm, the cut off time for requesting, the staff told me 450 people had signed up to speak.
— Chuck Lindell (@chucklindell) March 8, 2017