BREAKING: Texas GOP Introduces “Bathroom Bill”

The Associated Press reports:

Texas lawmakers will decide whether to embrace an issue that caused a national uproar in North Carolina – banning transgendered people from using the bathroom of their choice. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a top social conservative voice in the state, unveiled the proposed law Thursday at a news conference. Patrick says the “Privacy Protection Act” is a top priority for the GOP-controlled Legislature, which convenes next week. Lawmakers likely will support it, even though Texas’ largest business lobbying group says it and other anti-gay rights proposals could cost the state up to $8.5 billion and 100,000-plus jobs. North Carolina faced boycotts, and potentially billions of dollars in lost state revenue, after passing its own version last year.

 The bill’s introducing sponsor is Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

  • PickyPecker
    • bambinoitaliano

      It should be a pile of dust by now.

      • agcons

        They keep sweeping up and gluing it back together so they can continue beating it.

  • mikeinftl

    You may want to conference call the ex gov of NC on how well that worked out for him.

    • e jerry powell

      The GOP think they’re wording things very carefully to avoid the same kind of backlash from business and sports. Nice try.

    • McSwagg

      Sadly, Dan Patrick stated in a press conference that he doesn’t believe there will be any backlash against Texas, He cites the lack of response to the repeal by referendum of HERO (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance) in 2015 as his evidence. The NCAA didn’t move their tournament last March and the NFL will still hold the Super Bowl in Houston next month. In his mind, Texas is bullet proof.

  • Rex

    In the new year you’re just going to prove how stupid, stubborn and ignorant you are.

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/PPact/status/817072009662394368

    Well lets just throw this one in here also.

    • safari

      More death and unwanted babies is pretty much the GOP platform.

    • zhera

      There aren’t many people I hate but Paul Ryan gets the honor of being on my hate list.

      • BudClark

        I will read Paul Ryan’s obituary with great relish.

    • Oikos
    • PickyPecker

      Time to make my annual contribution to PP!!

      • kaydenpat

        I donate too. Hope enough of us step up so PP can function after it loses federal funding.

    • BlindBill

      They are trying to stop stem cell science ….. why don’t they eliminate all medical procedures that use human stem cells or result from human stem cell research, instead of de-funding one of the known sources of donated stem cells ….. unless they have investments in a foreign company that will provide the raw materials for a fee … and are just manipulating future profits?

  • RealityBass

    Legislation telling people what bathroom to use — the very definition of limited government.

  • Joe in PA

    Good for you rethugs, I guess it really is all about JOBS JOBS JOBS!

    (you’re going to lose them) Stupid fucks.

  • T-Batwoman
  • Duh-David

    “Privacy Protection Act”

    The Pee Pee Act

    • kaydenpat

      That’s what our side should call it.

    • Kenster999

      Or the “Unintended Consequences Act,”

  • Oikos

    Senator Cockheist is a kunt.

    • Robincho

      In college we pulled what you might call a cockheist one night, and boy was THAT ever fun!…

  • Cuberly

    “conservative reforms”

    “def. 1.make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it.”

    This is the furthest thing from an an improvement. It’s regressive as fuck, and obviously the start of the GOP derping of government. Eventually sending this to a SCOTUS packed with their cronys.

    BTW-I thought for sure we’d have been first on the fed chopping block. Guess I was wrong. Women are.

    https://twitter.com/GregProops/status/817087469912920064

    • Todd20036

      Transgendered have always been vulnerable, which is why I immediately block anyone who thinks we should leave them behind.

      JMG himself blocked someone who insisted that transgendered were ex-gays who changed their gender so they would not be gay anymore.

      I am not joking.

      • Cuberly

        They obviously re; NC as a success to some degree or they wouldn’t be trying this again. Which begs the question, in order to maintain their agenda, more voter suppression and legislative chicanery? It’s what NC did. And TX is even worse when it comes to back-room legislative bullshit.

        And I agree. I’m on board with civil rights and equality across the board. Anyone that talks of cutting a group off out of a sense of them being a liability earns my ire.

      • Michael Abbett

        We don’t throw our own people under the bus. We’re better than them. We can’t forget that.

      • Nic Peterson

        The village called looking for their idiot, what shall I tell them?

    • clay

      Calling it a “reform” tells me that her aim is a government agency, namely their (continuing, failed) attempt to undercut University of Texas at Austin, which is probably the second biggest economic driver in the state.

      • Cuberly

        Sounds about right, snuffing out any blue spaces in the state. NC part deux.

    • Michael Abbett

      How the hell is this conservative? Conservatives are for less government intrusion in peoples lives, right?

      • Cuberly

        There’s no such thing as conservatism any more. The GOP is a dominionist cult enabler pretending to be a political party.

      • kaydenpat

        Not when it comes to women and LGBT issues.

      • 2patricius2

        They used to be. But in recent decades, conservative has come to mean “Keep government out of the pocketbooks of the rich, and keep it in the pockets of everyone else.”

  • and here again, a legislature in search of a problem.

    • Todd20036

      and finding one of their own making.

    • McSwagg

      Actually, they’re doing their best to divert attention away from the state’s real problems. The GOP has owned the Texas government for decades and have royally screwed things up. If they actually were to spend time dealing with the real issues, the public would realize how messed up things are and vote them out of office. By bringing up this type of buffoonery, they distract the attention of the populace and win re-election.

      https://www.texasobserver.org/benefits-dan-patricks-potty-politics-hint-dan-patrick/

  • Mother of Fagons
    • William

      He looks like some sort of rodent.

      • Uncle Mark

        Did the butt-gerbil just move from NC to TX?

  • Butch

    Way to take bold action against a defenseless group. If you’re worried about assault then increase the penalties for assault. You’ve probably already shared a bathroom with a transgendered person and didn’t even know it.

    • William

      Oh hell, I’ve pissed in a urinal right next to a toilet a woman was using. We looked at each other and laughed. Bars in Austin get a little strange sometimes.

  • zhera

    Of course they do! It’s Texas.

    Get the lists ready: Companies, sports orgs, various orgs that have conferences in Texas.

    Do this, Texas, and you will bleed out of your wherever.

    • zhera

      Also: I’d like to see statistics about assaults in bathrooms, where the attacker have pretended to be a different sex. How about it Texas? If this is such a huge problem then you must have some numbers on it.

      • clay

        Even according to WND, there’s only been one, and it wasn’t protected, or even argued, on the basis of non-discrimination law. WND’s and Liberty Counsel’s other examples actually include the cases of THEIR supporters entering women’s space in PROTEST for restrictive laws. Liberty Counsel is also opposed to ANY gender neutral facilities.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Nopers. Opinions are as good as facts down here…

    • Todd20036

      It worked with NC.

      • MBear

        If more states start to enact these, businesses will most likely say, “Hey, sorry peeps…but we’d lose too much $$$ to stand by ya.”

        • Blake Jordan

          The GOP has the numbers to pass a federal version of these laws, and the businesses, etcetera cannot boycott the entire USA.

          USA LGBTQ+ lives are going to be absolute shit again, for years/decades to come!!!

          • MBear

            All of those ‘allies’ will be turning their backs, protecting their own self interests.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I really don’t think Texas gives a shit, but it will be fun to watch the fallout nonetheless. Texans aren’t about to vote Greg Abbott out over it, I guaran-damn-tee you, as we say down here. I just wish it weren’t too late to move the Super Bowl. Houston is a nightmare when the Super Bowl comes to town. Last time I left town for Super Bowl weekend, but I have a performance this year so I have to stick around…

      • GBF62

        There was never any mention of pulling the Super Bowl out of Houston even tho we have the same shitty bathroom policies as NC. I wish Texas were held accountable in the same manner as other states with unacceptable policies. Instead, our shitty elected officials keep on shilling for checks from fundies by passing crap like this. Gov Rollo and co need to be held accountable by corporate America. Texas is not that special of a place and grows less so by the day.

    • clay

      Not just Texas (and Virginia), but also Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, and Washington.

  • TJay229

    Will they ever learn?

    • Oikos

      No.

    • Cuberly

      Nope, it’s always try try try try try again, but this time with even more voter suppression and power grabbing!

    • KnownDonorDad

      Heck, they still think Obergefell isn’t settled law.

  • Sam_Handwich
    • pj

      very busy

    • Kim K’s Kute Koochy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I’m so supporting Kolkhorst’s decision to put fwd this bill. It’s likely to be shot down & Texas for once can have the hope of kicking out REPUBLICUNTS
      I happen to LOVE Texans but too bad they’re ruined by Republicunts

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/AP/status/817087615686078464

    For all you Chris Matthew haters you might just get this instead.

    • Todd20036

      remember when MSNBC was supposed to be the liberal bastion?

      • William

        Get on the bandwagon. Everyone wants to be Fox Nooz. It’s all part of the Gleichschaltung.

      • Ninja0980

        That should have been put to bed when they fired Phil Donohue for daring to tell the truth about the Iraq War.

    • kaydenpat

      Don’t watch MSNBC or other cable news networks so don’t care.

  • fuow

    Yup, she’s right. Thanks to the young women and gay men who didn’t vote, the conservatives can do to us all what they like. Thanks, you c*nts and asswipes.

  • BobSF_94117

    If we can’t get conservative reforms passed now, we never will.

    An acknowledgement that they public and the future are against them.

    • agcons

      It also implies that they don’t believe they’ll have control again for a very long time. So, if that’s correct, what makes them think that when they lose control for that long time these “reforms” won’t be undone?

      • BobSF_94117

        Ever try to put together a broken vase?

  • Cuberly

    Dan is right….the bullshit bothsiderism is bullshit. How this is getting reported is messed the fuck up.

    https://twitter.com/fakedansavage/status/817091418678140928

  • bambinoitaliano

    Politics indeed has gone to toilet. Lead poisoning was ignore but god forbid someone use the wrong bathroom. Next up, only use your right hand to hold the spoon.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I had to go to Dubai for two and a half weeks for my job back in 2014 and one of the things I read in terms of etiquette was only to use my right hand. I never did get used to that, and gave up after a few days. Of course, there were other things that I risked going to prison for if I ever did them, the UAE not being as enlightened (?) as the US, so I had to refrain. That’s too bad, because some of those guys were hot, especially in their white formal wear, not to mention macho as hell…

      • bambinoitaliano

        Unless someone was trolling me, I know one of the reason is, the left hands are reserve for washing asses, hence you can never use that hand to put food in your mouth.

        • William

          Bingo. Especially in places that don’t have toilet paper.

          • Gianni

            Really? They don’t use toilet paper? Boy, so modern of them!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    They truly are the most despicable of creatures, are they not?

    • Hooly

      Not.

  • The_Wretched

    I suppose it’s obvious but I’d like to reiterate that this bill has nothing to do with privacy. Privacy is controlling information about yourself – good, bad or indifferent. “Where were you yesterday at 4pm?” Knowing the answer to that question is pretty trivial but it feels intrusive to have someone ask it, doesn’t it?

    This bill has nothing to do with a person’s information.

    • kaydenpat

      It’s badly misnamed.

      • Circ09

        Are you kidding? It’s perfectly named. And our side along with the media will continue to use the GOP framing. We always let them do this.

  • Blake J Butler

    Gee Planned Parenthood to be defunded if ACA is repealed, Texas becomes the new NC, and the senate and congress in control of republican assholes that are self-righteous non-compassionate, lack common sense, and principles. And the president to be is a fucking twit who makes George Bush look like a member of MENSA in comparison.

    So what did the “purists”, the alternatives to the mainstream parties, the childish bitches that wanted to cause chaos just so they can refuse to listen to what was at risk. What did they all get in return for their fucking stupid actions ?

    Nothing. It will take a thorough autopsy years from now to calculate the extent of what we will lose over the next several years.

    Fuck every single one of you that made it possible, because this carnage is going to spread like wildfire beyond the state level.

    • The_Wretched

      At some point, punishing the non-voters is less useful a solution than working to get people registered and then later to the polls.

      • Blake J Butler

        We’re still early, and the results of their incompetence are about to take effect. It’s not permanent but they have to see the results of what they have done.

        • The_Wretched

          I guess I move on faster than most but castigating them seems like so much mental masturbation.

          • Blake J Butler

            As I said it is not permanent, acknowledgment of what they’ve done is a start. Something terrible is going to have to happen to get them to see the error of their actions.

            Of course, for those kinds of people I am not swayed by rehearsed hallmark card lines I am swayed by results, if they want to change my perception of them, they need to prove they are organizing and making up for what they have done.

          • The_Wretched

            You might be waiting a long time for their personal apology.

  • William

    The Texas Democratic Party makes headless chickens look well organized and thoughtful.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Time to wreak havoc on Texas businesses and sporting events.

  • Lazycrockett
  • Ninja0980

    Make no mistake, it will be war on the LGBT community the next four-eight years but especially on the Trans community, who are far easier targets for hate then LGB folks are.
    Buckle up, it’s going to be a long and ugly ride.

    • djcoastermark

      That is where it starts. by making small inroads , at the expense of our trans brothers and sisters. Once the bigots succeed there, it emboldens them to go after the rest of the LGB population. A slow chipping away of the whole LGBT rights, one letter at a time.

      • Ninja0980

        Yup, with homocons like Guy Benson and Tammy Bruce justifying it every step of the way.

  • kaydenpat

    How does harassing transgender people = protecting privacy? Nonsense.

  • People have been reassuring me for months that Texas would not do what NC does. Get ready for some boycotts. Houston should already be getting the full NC treatment.

    • Mike__in_Houston

      I guess it’s too late to move the Super Bowl…

      • William

        New laws in Texas usually take effect on September 1st.

      • That should have happened after they repealed the lbgt right ordinance in Houston. But it didn’t. Maybe the fourth largest city is too big to be fucked with? I hope that’s not true. It’s really not fair if NC is punished while TX gets away with doing basically the same thing.

        • McSwagg

          Dan Patrick has referenced that lack of response to the repeal of HERO as proof that Texas is bullet proof to a NC style boycott. So, yes, Texas has gotten away with it so far. It’s also why McCrory of NC was so surprised with the backlash against his state. He felt it was unfair that Texas skated and NC was punished. Had there been a response to Texas, the GOP may have been less eager to move ahead in other states.

          • Yes, and a lot of people seem to think that the NC actions are making such bills toxic for everyone else. I think that was true before the election but the Teavangelicals are emboldened by their win so I think you’re going to see such a bill in pretty much every state with a Republican legislature which is over half of them. Are we really going to be able to boycott half the country?

          • McSwagg

            If we do nothing, the GOP will just be emboldened to do more dastardly deeds. Perhaps HRC can throw a cocktail party or a big ‘Gala Dinner’ to draw attention to the issue. Perhaps the Log Cabineers can call in a favor or two. Surely those two groups have ‘connections’ ti the GOP.

          • Who said do nothing? We need to organize and at the local level. Liberals think they can do everything from inside the DC beltway. How’s that been working out? Yes, some wins in the courts, but that’s about it. We need to get people registered and to the polls. I’m not sure how to do that since nothing so far has worked, but it’s what has to happen. Right-wingers vote and liberals don’t. That’s a core problem.

    • William

      Dan Patrick (noted evil space alien) has been talking about it for months.

      • I’ve had people arguing with me that once people have rights they can never be taken away. They don’t know their history (beyond postwar American history and only that shallowly). I’m trying not to be in panic mode but I am stuck in Texas for at least a couple of more months and new job should I find one wouldn’t start until the fall. These are not good times.

        • McSwagg

          Both Sylvester Turner and Rodney Ellis are no longer in the Texas legislature. Turner is Mayor of Houston and Ellis is a Harris County Commissioner. They were both Democratic lions in the state legislature and their presence will be missed this upcoming session.

  • JWC

    I am sorry people were there pages missing from McCory’s play book Did you not learn a thing from that Either you have a large budget surplus that needs Bleeding OR the GOP just likes takung pot shots at the GAY community cuz they can

    • McSwagg

      Texas suffered no backlash when Houston repealed by referendum its Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) in 2015. The Texas GOP sees this as a sign that they are bullet proof.

  • Frostbite

    Nice to know Texas solved all the other issues it has, like clean water in Corpus. Lol

  • pj

    guess that trip to texas is off

  • I’m entirely unsurprised. My state’s legislature is full of angry, ambitious soggy old dicks that can’t get a hard-on unless they’re making someone suffer in the process.

  • JellyDonut

    surprised it took the filthy crook this long

  • billbear1961
  • Mark

    Well, it’s not like we didn’t know this was coming. Once again, Texass shows its ass. And, being I live here – I am ready, willing and able to help fight the fascist xtian bastards and bitches. So, if another local (Dallas area) has any info on who to contact, please post.

    Let the fight begin!

    FWIW – Toyota is in the process of building and hiring for its new national headquarters in Plano, TX. JCPenny, Frito-Lay, are nearby. Of course, there’s also Irving, TX which hosts a plethora of tech.

    • Stogiebear

      You can forget about anything good coming out of Irving. Our city government is run lock, stock, and barrel by Dominionists.

    • TrollopeReader

      love the use of “plethora” … !! I’ll be in Irving sometime this spring, I hope!

    • Mark

      Seems maybe a good sports target is Dallas Cowboys. I don’t think Jerry World wants to get involved with bathroom monitors….

  • aar9n

    Wait, so women only have the right to privacy if it’s because they are scared of trans people?

  • Hooly

    I looked around and it seems that the bill only deals with bathrooms. It is not like North Carolina’s law, which destroyed anti-discrimination laws and restricted other rights. It allows private businesses to have whatever bathroom rules they want and it segregates bathrooms in government buildings by sex, not gender. I think this shows that TX learned from NC not to overreach. There is not going to be a boycott of the 2d largest state in the US over a narrow bill dealing with bathrooms in government buildings.

    • William

      Just wait. The session hasn’t officially started. There is plenty of time to tack things onto the bill.

  • Matt

    Conservatives really ARE stupid. They never, ever learn from this mistakes and missteps. You reap what you sow, to repeat what the Friend-of-Jerry-Sandusky-looking Lt. Governor said so eloquently last year about The Pulse. Bastard.

  • 2patricius2

    At first I thought they had introduced a bill to keep Trump out of women’s and girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms. Silly me!

    • TrollopeReader

      it’s an employment opportunity for ex-Gov. Fuxabee (AR) … he said he’d be happy to “spy” on girls locker rooms and showers …

    • Ore Carmi

      How many times can I upvote you?

  • Guest

    hey Lois get a life.

    • BudClark

      Hey, Lois, get fcuked! (if you CAN)

  • Baltimatt

    Bill sponsor Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, a Republican from rural Brenham, said her “thoughtful and unique” bill won’t create a “bathroom police” and will allow anyone to lodge complaints upon seeing something in public restrooms that makes them uncomfortable.

    Oh, good, I don’t like going to the bathroom with colored folks. /snark.

    • TrollopeReader

      Brenham … home of Blue Bell Ice Cream …. and the Bluebonnet center of Texas … good boycott targets ….

      • McSwagg

        Blue Bell has had several problems with listeria anyway. Personally, I’ve been avoiding it after what I read about the sanitary conditions of their processing plants.

    • Ore Carmi

      Would I be able to sue the state if the bathroom looks gross? If I see someone in there with a swastika tattoo?

  • Baltimatt

    I hate to dump this all on them, but we really need a parade of burly, bearded, flat-chested transmen with their female birth certificates to use the ladies’ room. They should bring their Stand to Pee devices to use in the stalls.

  • BudClark

    Do ALL haters have turkey-wattle necks and double chins?

    • TrollopeReader

      no, but it helps! Hope you’re doing okay, Bud!

      • BudClark

        I’m doing … OK … close to being back to my baseline, such as it is. GOTTA get that medical marijuana letter notarized, though … cannabis REALLY helps my pain and my nerves, but it has to be pills, oil, or edibles … I never COULD smoke it in the old days, so I made marijuana sugar-and-butter cookies, when weed was $10 a baggie in Texas.

    • William

      Dan Patrick is a space alien wearing a human skin suit. He isn’t an off the slab size.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Texas’ largest business lobbying group says it and other anti-gay rights proposals could cost the state up to $8.5 billion and 100,000-plus jobs.

    That’s right. Bring it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxhDLo8UOK8

  • Gianni

    Seems Texas, being the state that they are, is somewhat late to this game. I expected this much sooner.

    • Circ09

      TX Leg wasn’t in session all last year. That’s the only reason it didn’t happen sooner.

      • Gianni

        Yeah. I forgot. They have a very limited in-session schedule. Is it once a year?

        • Circ09

          Odd number years only, if I’m recalling correctly.

  • e jerry powell

    Expected to sail through the state senate but likely to meet resistance in the house because of backlash in Indiana and NC.

    • Ore Carmi

      Thanks for that! 🙂

  • SDG

    Just another reason to HATE Texas, and avoid it, and America, like the plague. Great Nation my butthole!

    • Ore Carmi

      Well, I totally know how you feel. But I live here, and I’m not abandoning America. This place is important to me. [At least I’m not abandoning it yet–if it starts to look like gay people or Jewish people or immigrants may be headed to concentration camps, I’m going to do everything I can to get out!]

      • SDG

        Nor am I suggesting you do. I feel for you. And my friends and family (from the US, living in Israel.

        But I am SO tired of hearing of how the “US is the greatest country on the earth”.

        • Ore Carmi

          Yeah, I guess politicians here say that a lot. (But people in many other places speak similarly about their own countries/peoples.) The fact is, though, many people around the world look up to the U.S. (though often in a love/hate sort of way).

  • Halou

    GOP priorities.
    Hate, hate, hate, being pro-Russian, hate some more… Oh, and maybe America is in there somewhere but don’t go placing any bets.

  • Interesting how this bill defines “biological sex” –

    Sec. 769.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
    (1) “Biological sex” means the physical condition of being male or female, which is stated on a person’s birth certificate.

    This is a rather nonsensical formulation that works only for cisgender people, and then, not even for all cisgrnder people.

    The “physical condition” itself is left undefined – the legislature seems to leave it to being proved on the basis of what it says on a birth certificate,

    Another interesting thing is this bit:

    Sec. 769.155. SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY WAIVED. Sovereign immunity to suit is waived and abolished to the extent of liability created by this subchapter.

    This bit might be used to bite the state of Texas on the nose. While the intention is to make sure that school districts or other governmental entities that don;t follow the law (or, say, have a human rights ordinance in contravention therof), can be held liable under the law.

    What it means to me, is that if I happened to be driving through Texas and had a problem due to my use of the correct bathroom, I could get damages from the state for its violation of its own law (because despite certain physiological characteristics, my birth certificate is correct.)

    Just based on the definition in Sec. 769.001.(1) , though, it is pretty clear that the way they teach “science” in the state of Texas has had a rather adverse effect on the intelligence, knowledge, and capacity for understanding reality, exhibited by certain members of the Texas state legislature.

    • Ore Carmi

      As a biologist, I hate that they’re trying to redefine the word “biological.” Being transgender IS a biological phenomenon. Trans people are no less “biological” than cis people. I’m grieved by all these anti-trans laws popping up, and I hope a time will come soon when trans people are protected everywhere in the U.S., but I suspect we’re about to enter a dark period (for more people than just trans people).

      • I do believe that the state of Texas will not go so far as to refuse full faith and credit to corrected birth certificates issued in other states where non-surgical transition is recognized.

        But even in those jurisdictions, the rules are not allowing corrections to birth certificates of school-age children. I can imagine a development in one of the more civilized states, with a court being confronted by a petition of parents on behalf of a trans child, seeking to have the child’s birth certificate corrected, where the facts presented involve an anticipated move to a barbaric state like North Carolina (or, potentially, Texas). (Or even Idaho, Tennessee or Kansas).

        I anticipate that the GOP-controlled Congress may decide to address this to attack the trans community with something like DOMA – call it DOBA – the “Defense of Bathrooms Act.” There would be serious consequences to any attempt to dehumanize a tiny minority – the judgment of history will rank the modern GOP with the worst sort of vile, barbaric and abusive political movements.

        • Ore Carmi

          Thanks for that. I always appreciate your knowledge and thorough information.

        • McSwagg

          There have been some efforts in Texas courts to base gender on DNA in some transgender issues. The case that comes to mind involves Nikki Araguz, a transgender woman married to a male firefighter who died in the line of duty. The family of the firefighter were contesting the marriage as invalid so they could claim the insurance payout. I don’t know if that would set a precedence for DNA to be the determining factor of gender in any “use of the bathroom” case, though.