Texas Governor still hopeful that state will pass anti-trans bathroom bill
The Republican Governor of Texas remains hopeful that some sort of deal will be unveiled to pass an anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’.
Earlier this week it appeared that the state was getting into a frenzy to pass a bill as the Senate revived a full bathroom bill which would require trans people to only use public bathrooms which correspond to their sex at birth.
At 1am on Wednesday, the Senate voted 21-10 to attach an amendment to an unrelated bill about county governments.
Due to the unique political system in Texas, the state legislature only actually meets once every two years, for a maximum of 140 days.
The legislative session ends on Monday.
But Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday said he hopes that legislators will still be able to form some kind of plan to pass one of the bills.
If it does so, Texas would be the first state to pass legislation along the lines of North Carolina’s now defunct HB2 bathroom law.
The Texas House of Representatives earlier this month passed a measure to allow adoption agencies discriminate against LGBT people.
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House Bill 3859, also known as the ‘Freedom to Serve Children Act’ is similar to legislation passed in other states.
It would allow state-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against couples based on religious belief.
The bill is going to the Texas Governor after getting final approval from the Senate.
The Governor of the state has said that passing the anti-LGBT legislation is a “top priority”.
Anti-LGBT groups in the state have previously run ads depicting a little girl getting raped in a bathroom in a disgusting anti-trans smear campaign.
After North Carolina faced a crippling economic boycott over a similar law, leaders from the entertainment industry, business world and sport have all this month warned Texas lawmakers that their state will also be shunned if SB 6 passes.