Dan Patrick says bathroom bill not discrimination

Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — For most of the week, religious leaders on both sides of the bathroom bill debate have taken to the steps of the Texas Capitol to debate whether the legislation is discriminatory against people.

Now comes a fresh response from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who used a YouTube video released late yesterday to register his thoughts.

“It does not discriminate against anyone,” Patrick said in a YouTube clip just over a minute long. “It’s simply common sense, common decency and public safety to protect the women of the state of Texas.”

Patrick said Senate Bill 3 is meant to protect privacy.

“Adult women don’t want men following them into the ladies room, nor do they want their little girls or their granddaughters being followed into a bathroom by a man,” he said.

Patrick’s statement comes after a spirited week outside of the Capitol this week. On Tuesday, more than 200 religious leaders from around the state rallied to oppose the legislation, which some declared is discriminatory against people who are transgender.