Lawmakers Go to War over Texas Bathroom Bill

Texas Bathroom Bill

Texas Bathrooms bill

Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio rejected Lt Gov. Dan Patrick’s demand for a Texas bathroom bill Friday saying it was ‘absurd’ that they waste any more time on it.

Patrick responded later Friday in a press conference publicly asking Gov Greg Abbott for a special session for two issues Patrick deemed essential. Patrick blamed the need for a special session on the Straus citing a taxpayer bill that Patrick had designed purposely to fail in the House. Patrick did that so he could try to force a bathroom bill through after the regular session ended May 31st.

“The House has compromised enough on this issue,” Straus said at a news conference. “This is the right thing to do in order to protect our economy from billions of dollars in losses, and, more importantly, to protect the safety of some very vulnerable young Texans.”

The House tried to make a deal with the devil Sunday in an effort to sedate Dan Patrick’s appetite for discrimination.

“The House approved language last Sunday night that required schools to make private accommodations for students who want them. It gave local educators room to handle these issues. For many of us, and especially, for me, this was a compromise. As far as I’m concerned, it was enough and we will go no further,” Straus said.

Dan Patrick is a fear mongering transphobic bigot. Most of what he said was either grandiose poltical grandstanding or just flat out lies. Elected officials from Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, and San Antonio representing over nine million people testified against the proposed bathroom bills in both the House and Senate. Over 500 hundred people spoke against the Bathroom bills and to my best recollection, roughly 60 spoke in favor of it, many of those from out of state.
The Texas Federation of Teachers has decried Dan Patrick’s bathroom bill fetish as a “War on Children” and Texas police associations have it unnecessary and unneeded.

There has never been a single instance of a Texan transgender person, that’s over 125,000 young or old violating another’s privacy in public accommodations.

Law enforcement and government officials in 16 states and the District of Columbia — including experts in Austin, Dallas, and El Paso — have all debunked the “bathroom predator” myth that sexual predators will exploit nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in public accommodations. Last year a national coalition of over 300 sexual assault and domestic violence prevention organizations also came out in opposition to anti-transgender bathroom bills and in favor of laws and policies that “protect transgender people from discrimination, including in accessing facilities that match the gender they live every day.

Dan Patrick wants to bring the wrath of the world down on Texas just like it happened in North Carolina.

North Carolina was sent reeling in the aftermath of HB2. They are just now beginning the painful road to recovery a reconciliation. To that end Gov Roy Cooper decided to accept the lesser of two evils by not vetoing the Republican legislators bill putting a two-year moratorium on local goverments enacting LGBT protective ordinances.
Cooper ousted the bigot Pat McCrory from the governor’s office on a pledge to rid North Carolina of the scourge that is HB2. He obviously laments that decision later promising he would sign an executive order restoring city’s rights to protect their citizens.

But Pat Cooper can’t do that without the legislators involvement so he is in between a rock and a hard place.

Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick compared the current situation in North Carolina to what he hopes to achieve with his bathroom bill. This is a seriously deluded psychotic individual if he thinks the NBA and NCAA will allow their good names to be ground into the dirt with him.

Greg Abbott should take into consideration Dan Patrick’s history of back stabbing his political brethren. He did just that to ascend to his present position as president of the Senate. And while Dan Patrick has said he has no ambitions for the Governor’s office he has put Abbott into a no win situation. Abbott, no huge fan of the bathroom bill could either appease Patrick and the far right by calling a bathroom special session which would devastate the economy and result in Abbott political demise or brush off Patrick’s request which would make him seem soft to most republicans thereby resulting once again in his political demise.

That’s a win win for Dan Patrick.

Gregg Abbott can call a special session but has to specify what will be talked about. Abbott has indicated he would sign a bathroom bill if it was presented to him.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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