In the final year of his presidency, Barack Obama’s administration sent schools in America a clear message: Let any student who identifies as transgender use whichever school bathroom or locker room they want without question.
After the directive met fierce opposition and ridicule, President Trump overturned it in February.
Now Texas is ready to send a huge message as well.
According to USA Today, a Senate proposal to require everyone in the state to use the bathrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates stalled in the House.
But now a scaled-down version focused on public school bathrooms has just passed the House, according to the Washington Examiner, and is now being voted on in the Senate.
The measure makes it clear that transgender students who don’t want to use the bathrooms that match their biological sex will be directed to single-occupancy restrooms instead.
Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), who created the bathroom bill, explained, “It’s absolutely about child safety. This is about accommodating all kids.”
Texas has been pushing for the bill despite the numerous boycotts enacted against North Carolina after it passed a similar bill last year.
And the Lone Star State is definitely facing opposition.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) compared the bathroom bill to historic racial bathroom segregation.
“Bathrooms divided us then and bathrooms divide us now. Separate but equal is not equal at all,” she exclaimed.
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