Texas Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Correspond With Birth Gender Advanced by Committee

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AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas bill that would require those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate has been advanced by a Senate committee.

“My thanks go to the entire committee and all of the witnesses who listened and contributed to the debate,” sponsor Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, said in a statement after the bill was approved 8-1. “Ultimately the Senate committee agreed that we must put the safety, privacy and dignity of our children above anything else.”

An estimated 400 Texans, both for and against the proposed legislation, lined up to speak their mind about the issue on Tuesday—an hours-long hearing that carried into Wednesday.

Shiloh Satterfield, 10, told the Senate Affairs Committee that she found it “scary, awkward and very, very weird” when her school district made allowances for a boy who identifies as a girl to use the girls’ restroom.

“I felt very uncomfortable knowing that a boy can come into the restroom with me. A restroom is a private place, and I’d like to keep it that way,” she said.

But Marilyn Morrison, 8, a boy who identifies as a girl, told those gathered that it would be embarrassing to use the boys’ restroom.

“This bill is horrifying to me and all my other trans friends,” he said.

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Seth Wynn, who leads Agape Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Worth, said that bill’s requirement to use the restroom that corresponds with one’s birth gender poses an issue, since Wynn’s birth certificate says female, but she sports a full beard.

“There’s been a lot of conversation, too, about having men in the women’s bathroom,” Wynn said. “And I guarantee you there’s going to be a problem if I show up in a woman’s bathroom.”

However, Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville, asked a psychiatrist who testified if he believes mankind should be undoing God’s handiwork by trying to make themselves into something other than what He created them to be.

“You believe in God and you believe in His creation. Do you also believe in altering His creation, changing His creation?” he inquired.

As previously reported, the bill at issue is Senate Bill 6, also known as the Texas Privacy Act. It was filed by Kolkhorst in January.

The measure is three pronged: It prohibits local municipalities from creating ordinances that control restroom usage at private businesses, requires those who use lavatories or locker rooms at government buildings and schools to use the men’s room if they were born a man and vice versa, and increases criminal penalties for crimes committed in restrooms, dressing rooms or locker rooms.

“A political subdivision or state agency with control over multiple-occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities in a building owned or leased by this state or the political subdivision, as applicable, shall develop a policy requiring each multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility located in the building to be designated for and used only by persons of the same biological sex,” S.B. 6 reads in part.

The bill will still allow schools to make a determination on a case-by-case basis, and the rules would not apply when a private entity rents a government-run building.

The measure now moves to the full Senate for a vote.

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  • antifasciste

    FTA: “You believe in God and you believe in His creation. Do you also believe in altering His creation, changing his creation?” he inquired.

    I’m certainly happy this is not what the doctor said to my parents prior to repairing my congenital heart defect.

    • Amos Moses

      apples and horses …………

      • antifasciste

        Oh, really…If birth defects are part of God’s plan, he is a sadist, but that’s not the only sadistic thing your diety engages in.

        • Amos Moses

          ok …. a sadist with what as a basis for determining that ….. where does that come from in a worldview where everything comes from nothing and an explosion of nothing ….. and if evolution is how things came about where do you even think you have a reason to complain ……. you dont ……….. and birth defects still occur under your sad and sadistic worldview and no way to determine if they are good or bad ……. because you gave that up …..

          • antifasciste

            As a humanist and in accordance with an evolutionary model, genetic defects and growth development anomalies happen. Just as a girl born with 5-alpha reductase deficiency will grow a penis in puberty. People’s bodies are not perfectly formed every time. To claim otherwise as in, claiming any physical modifications or repairs are altering God’s creation is either disingenuous or advocating a strange and sadistic plan carried out by a “creator”. Or, are you claiming people born outside the parameters of a healthy human are just part of God’s grand plan?

          • Amos Moses

            “As a humanist and in accordance with an evolutionary mode””claiming any physical modifications or repairs are altering God’s creation is either disingenuous or advocating a strange and sadistic ”

            and how do you know that it is “sadistic” with that as a basis ……….. how do you determine that all that you just said is either good or evil or sadistic when there is no basis “in accordance with an evolutionary model” to even make that judgement ……….

    • calduncan

      Tell us some more sob stories.

      • antifasciste

        Here’s a sob story, I seem to be harassed by people with double digit IQs.

        • calduncan

          I can see how that would upset someone in the single digits.

  • james blue

    This site doesn’t allow links, but if you do a google image search or use the search engine of your choice for “female to male transgender” you will see pictures of the “women” this bill would require to use the same restrooms as our wives and daughters.

  • Garden of Love

    So strange that government must pass laws in order for common sense to prevail.

    • Trilemma

      How is it common sense to make a transgender man like Michael Hughes use the women’s restroom?

  • Lynn Mitcham

    Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
      Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
      Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Good. The US government has too much time and money to spare. Rich nations should make third restrooms if there are too many mental patients instead of endangering every woman and child by allowing men into women’s restrooms. Americans used to be far more gallant and intelligent than now.

  • sammy13

    A woman claiming to be a man better learn to use urinals. Men’s rooms are limited in toiletes. And men claiming to be women better learn to lift the seat!

    As an aside: 1. If a MAN believes he is a woman, and dates men, what is he? 2. What if he dates women?

    3. And if a WOMAN, believes she is a man, and dates women, what is she? 4. What if she dates men?

    Choose a letter from these: L G B T Q

    Very confusing. And un-natural.

  • Trilemma

    Legalling requiring people to use the restroom of their birth gender doesn’t make restrooms any safer. It’s just Christians trying to persecute people who are transgender in the vain hope they’ll stop being transgender.