Pastors Cheer for Texas ‘Bathroom Bill’ as It Faces Uncertain Fate

Teddy Wilson, Rewire

Conservative Christian pastors held a rally Thursday on the steps of the Texas capitol in support of anti-transgender legislation, framing the debate over restricting where transgender students can use the bathroom as “spiritual warfare.”

The anti-trans “bathroom bill” faces growing opposition from businesses, law enforcement leaders, and prominent Republicans. Supporters of the discriminatory measure may be running out of time as lawmakers head into the final weeks of the special legislative session.

State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) spoke at the rally and said the bill is intended to give “common sense guidance to our cities, our counties, and our school districts.”

SB 3 would require multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, and changing facilities operated by public schools or local governments to only be used by “persons of the same sex as stated on a person’s birth certificate.”

Supporters of the anti-trans policy have said the legislation is needed as a response to guidelines issued by the Obama administration directing public schools to create accommodations for transgender students. Those guidelines have since been rescinded by the Trump administration.

Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) said the state’s cities have “gone a bridge too far” in passing ordinances that create protections for transgender people, and dismissed concerns that the legislation would jeopardize the safety of transgender people.