TEXAS: Senate To Reject “Bathroom Bill” Because It’s Not Cruel Enough, Special Session Vote Possible

The Dallas Morning News reports:

The Texas Senate will reject the so-called bathroom bill passed in the House late Sunday and request a special committee to work out a compromise on the legislation. Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, who authored the original bill, said he would not agree to the changes and would ask the two chambers appoint a conference committee to hash out a compromise.

“We’ll not concur. We’ll go to conference and work on some wording,” Taylor said Tuesday evening. The sticking point, he added, was the House bill did not appear to separate students in bathrooms and locker rooms based on the biological sex on their birth certificates. “It’s been pretty widely reported what they did. It didn’t do what they said it was doing.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick [photo], who heads the Senate, expressed frustration this week that the House’s bill didn’t go further. Gov. Greg Abbott also weighed in on the disagreement, saying he hoped an agreement could be reached before the session ends. Patrick has said he will request a special legislative session if lawmakers fail to pass a bill limiting bathroom use by transgender Texans.

The current session ends on May 29th.

  • Bryan

    I just once again (because I’m sure others have already noted it far before me) want to point out the irony of a guy from a place called FRIENDSwood being a fantastic bloody asshole.

    • Ha ha, I was trying to recall where I had heard of the town Friendswood, and then remembered it was from this story:


    • Gustav2

      He is not required to call any one of us his “friend,” but he must treat us like “citizens.”

      • Silver Badger

        He doesn’t want to do that either.

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    • Joe in PA

      Hmmm, @todd20036 must be rubbing off…FriendsWOOD is where my mind went. Huh.

      • Bryan

        One sex joke begat another – rubbing off?

        • Paula

          You guys are disturbed! 😆

      • Todd20036

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      • Tawreos

        This reminds me that I haven’t hung out with my friend Tony for awhile.

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  • Kevin Perez

    There’s Hank Hill. Is this because of Bobby? Poor Bobby.

    • Robincho

      Because reading the bill aloud makes you sound like Boomhauer…

  • Tawreos

    The party of fiscal responsibility is never afraid to spend any amount of money if it will hurt people they don’t like. Fucking Assholes!

  • Bj Lincoln

    It doesn’t go far enough to explain boys and girls must go to the wrong bathroom? My child would be home schooled before I would force them to go to the wrong bathroom. These kids have enough on their plate without facing this every day.

  • Rex

    Why, this bill is just plain cruel.
    Now, take it back and make it extra cruel.

  • JT
  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    I’ve said before, how hard would it be to develop an appropriately funded trans rapid response team. Buck Angel, Jazz Jennings, Candace Cane, etc. etc. They fly into the state in question and use the correct bathroom in the Texas State House. They either are arrested or if left alone, prove, in a very camera friendly way, why these laws are nonsense. Add to the response team, some pediatric specialists media trained to explain in layman’s terms, that as many as 1 in 100 births has a gender deviation.

    Excuse me, which way is the men’s room? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a425cf8b855b6b5c0bbaaf284ef6d33970d31732bb7553be52ad12e48816c175.gif

    • Todd20036

      In my apartment….

    • Bj Lincoln

      I think all trans adults need to do this in each state. Take turns on their days off but spend time in the wrong rest rooms until they get the point. The law makers can’t throw these people out if this is what they expect them to do and they WILL get tired of women in the mens room.

      • MaryJOGrady

        I would agree, except for the predictable high casualty rate for the participants.

    • ChrisInKansas

      I’d like to think that would solve the problem because of course it makes total sense. But this is Texas. Couldn’t you see the response being something even more cruel, like banning “those people” from using a public restroom at all, or even “making those people dress like their birth gender”? I wouldn’t put it at all past them.

      • kareemachan

        I could see them start an open-carry in restrooms.

        Texas, you suck.

        • Paula

          We already have that.

      • clay

        The House bill effectively bans trans- students from locker-rooms and sports activities.

    • ceeenbee
  • Dejerrity Mycron

    I think the entire state of Texas was traumatized somehow during their own toilet training. Republicans are absolutely obsessed by bathroom issues.

    My solution is simple: Remove all public bathrooms and make every Republican wear Depends undergarments. After all, they’ve been shitting themselves constantly over this non-issue for a long time. So why not kill two birds with one quilted, 3-ply, elasticized stone?

    You’re welcome, America.

    • Mark McGovern

      Wasn’t there a Republican Congressman who preferred diapers? Would he go to the male or female restroom to be changed and powdered?

      • Dejerrity Mycron

        Diaper Dan Vitter, US Senator (or he was)

        • MaryJOGrady

          Yup, that was the guy. Louisiana’s finest. He preferred a high-priced bordello for the powdering and diapering. His long-suffering wife appeared beside him at the inevitable press conference in a hideous leopard-print frock, as I remember.

  • Buford

    I’ll state the obvious… this proposed law is being sold as being necessary to protect ‘safety and privacy’ in these facilities, but anything anyone could do to violate the safety and privacy of another person in these facilities IS ALREADY ILLEGAL.

    This bill and others like it do absolutely nothing aside from making life more difficult for a very specific group of American citizens.

    • kareemachan

      Well, they have to pick on SOMEBODY….

      to their twisted way of thinking.

    • William

      The Texas legislature is notorious for passing laws against things that are already illegal. It makes lawmakers look good to the party faithful back home.
      Also up for a vote this session is a ‘partial birth abortion’ ban. There is already a federal partial birth abortion ban. I’m pretty sure Texas passed a similar ban years ago.

      • MaryJOGrady

        I’ll never forget the referendum to forbid marriage equality by means of an amendment to the Texas Constitution, in 2005. Same-sex marriage was already illegal by statute. The hateful Jeebusites just wanted to make it double-super illegal.
        I worked on the data during that campaign. I got a sense of where things were headed when I noticed that the religious kooks had as many entire church congregations on their database as we had individuals of good will. –sigh–

    • boatboy_srq

      Fascinating, isn’t it, that the same people who insist that any constraint on their ammosexuality is TYRANNY-eleventyone not only because Second Amendment but because all the bad things one could do with a gun are already illegal are the same ones pushing these heinous bathroom bills because the wimminvolk might run into a (gasp) MAN in the public facilities without them there to protect them.

      • Buford

        Yep – in the mind of an idiot, ‘transgender’ is defined as ‘dude in a dress’.

        • boatboy_srq

          Yes But at the same time “guy open-carrying” doesn’t translate to “public threat”. The incoonsistency is stark.

    • Tommy

      The legislation is defended as preventative. In other words, while it is true that assault and voyeurism are already illegal, the legislature does not want to force women to wait until AFTER a crime has occurred and after people have been harmed before they can take action. They want women to be able to stop a biological male or call law enforcement the moment he enters a women’s space. You might reject the legislation on other grounds, but it doesn’t do any good to keep chanting the mantra that “assault is already illegal.”

      • Buford

        That’s ridiculous, but I’ll play. If the suggestion is that this law is needed to PREVENT someone from violating the privacy or safety of others, what data says that transgenders pose that risk and thereby warrant the preventative measures? Where’s the corresponding laws which prevent individuals with actual histories of sexual assault and invasion of privacy crimes from using multi-occupant facilities…???

        Yeah, that’s what I thought… indefensible, discriminatory, AND illogical.

        • Tommy

          FWIW, the concern is not that “transgenders pose that risk” but that men pose that risk, and that because gender identity is not readily verifiable and is based on nothing more than a self-declaration, there is no reliable way to distinguish “transwomen” from men. And as to the risk coming from men, the proponents would point to many hundreds of examples of men violating women in bathrooms and locker rooms, sometimes dressed as women and sometimes explicitly (and falsely) claiming to be trans.

          I know you may disagree with some or all of the above, but that is, in a nutshell, the position of the proponents, and unless you speak to their actual positions, you aren’t rebutting them. It seems to me that the 2 sides speak past each other because in red states, there is no need to seriously grapple with transgenders’ arguments and in blue states, there is no need to grapple with those concerned about safety. So each side misstates the other side’s position and then rams through whatever legislation they want.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Considering the Republican’s Obama birth certificate obsessions, perhaps reporters need to station themselves outside of Statehouse restrooms and ask each member “Where’s your birth certificate?” as they enter (of course with cameras blazing). Without the Congressperson presenting it, there it no way to verify they are in compliance with the laws they are proposing.

  • Fuck the bigots. Its things like this which make me wish I could afford to leave the state. However if people like me leave then there are fewer people to support LGBT rights. ugh.

  • boatboy_srq

    Every time I see one of these bathroom bills, all I can hear is Nina Hagen singing Auf’m Bahnhof Zoo – and I wonder whether these legislators aren’t merely making their own rape fantasies illegal.

  • Tor

    Where are the sport franchises? Corporations? Why aren’t they speaking up?

    • clay

      They don’t want to appear to be lobbying.

      They should be lobbying about the bill’s ban on trans-gender students participating in school sports and effective ban on physical education, as well as their hoped for (but pulled from the House version), attacks on adult sports fans use of public bathrooms.

    • MaryJOGrady

      The organized Texas bidness interests have opposed this vocally from the beginning. In return, the hateful Jeebusites are vilifying them as tools of Satan.

  • William

    Please, pass the idiotic bathroom bill. Let the state take a multi billion dollar hit to the economy.

  • I would have thought we have matured enough as a species by now to learn how to live together peacefully and with acceptance. But fucking RWNJ just wont allow that to happen.

  • -M-

    Conservatives, so deliberately vacuous that they claim a person’s biological sex is determined by some markings on a piece of paper.

  • Hank
  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Conservative women should learn to swallow…it would save so many lives.

  • Lars Littlefield

    As I mentioned in the other thread about Texas, I just can’t be bothered to care about what goes on in that fucked up place. I just have to make sure I never get stuck on a layover or flight change in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, or San Antonio. On a trip back from Mexico we were diverted to San Antonio. Big mistake. Sorry, folks. You all have to figure it out.

  • Joe Hamilton

    Corporate America and corporate Texas have to put their foot down and speak out against this divisive and hate bill.

  • JCF