TEXAS: 44% Back Anti-Transgender “Bathroom Bill

The Texas Tribune reports:

The “bathroom bill” that preoccupied the Texas Legislature for the first half of the year is important to only 44 percent of the state’s voters — and “very important” to only 26 percent, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

During the regular session, lawmakers considered but did not pass legislation that would regulate transgender Texans’ use of public restrooms, blocking them from using facilities not designated for their “biological sex.” The debate over that issue is going into overtime; Gov. Greg Abbott added it to the list of issues he wants legislators to consider in a 30-day special session starting next month.

Some voters like the legislation more than others. Overall, 44 percent consider it important and 47 percent do not. Among all Republicans — including those who identify with the Tea Party and those who don’t — 57 percent said such a bill is important, and among Tea Party Republicans, 70 percent said so. Democrats are on the other side of this one, with 53 percent saying the legislation is either “not very important” or “not important at all.”

  • bkmn

    Is there some reason our side is not demanding statistics to prove that trans-folk attack women and children in public bathrooms? The right have been making that statement but have NEVER backed it up with details.

    • zhera

      Oh, you mean it’s not enough that there’s a hypothetical possibility that a man puts on a wig and a skirt in order to enter the ladies’ room, where he then can do whatever the fuck he wants? But this bill will somehow prevent that?

    • penpal

      Because Republicans shout louder and are better with simple messaging.

  • MB
    • Todd20036

      Personally, I’d rather pee on a gay man, but that’s just my own tastes.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Please get permission first, hon.

        • Jonathan Smith

          taking volunteers?

  • Todd20036

    Maybe the poll question should be:
    “You would support a bill that discriminates against transgendered but will also cost the state millions from boycotts.”

  • Gustav2

    Teavangelicals hate anyone not just like them.

    • Todd20036

      Probably hate each other, too

      • Gustav2

        Shhh, just not at church on Sunday morning,

        • MB

          Or when passing each other at night leaving through the back door of the liquor store.

          • prixator

            or the adult bookstore.

          • Oscarlating Wildely

            Or truckstop glory hole

    • bkmn

      Hate and fear.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    And the hate train just keeps rolling along. Still, it is 44% and not higher, so I guess we can take some solace in that…not much, but some.

  • netxtown

    Between Jerry World, Corps, and the NFL – I will be surprised to see this pass – even in Texas. The Rethugs are now caught smack between the xtians and the money.

  • Daveed_WOW

    O/T: Carrie Fisher was off the wagon when she died. I’m gonna cry now.

    http://time.com/4823788/carrie-fisher-cocaine-heroin-autopsy/

    • bambinoitaliano

      Actors, musicians, artists and those who make a career in front of a public audience are highly insecure. Substance abuse is a common trait. whatever personal insecurity of pain and suffering, they often channel them into something positive in their body of work. It’s not a condone or acceptance of drug use rather a correlation between a career and behavior.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Art is a window. And sometimes a mirror. I’m completely sympathetic with all addicts. The waste, however, is always tragic. She left a lot of good, but she didn’t have quite enough for herself.

  • MB
  • bambinoitaliano

    I wonder how many of the 44% suffers from constipation. And how many can’t use public urinal unless its inside a stall.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Hate creates shy bladders and bunged up colons.

      • Jonathan Smith

        and Xstains….

      • bambinoitaliano

        But they did not suffer in silence rather lashed out at those who has no issue using any bathroom.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Indeed.

  • JWC

    Read the writing ion the wall idiots no one cares

  • Rex

    Since when do Texas state legislators, or any state for that matter, care what their state’s citizens think?

  • David

    Conservatives and their god damned rape fantasies. They are the true perverts.

    • penpal

      EX-ACT-LY. It’s like the only thing reigning in their wild and perverted imaginations is a flimsy law. Just listen to their babbling about gay marriage and how it’s going to allow them to marry their sisters/brothers. Or how if gay couples are allowed to adopt, it means they’re going to finger their kids. What the actual fuck is the matter with these people that they need laws in place to keep them from being Bacchanalian fuck-fiends? Normal people don’t have impulses like that!

    • zhera

      It’s simply the next item on the menu of misogyny. Marriage equality is over and done with; on to the next minority.

      Notice how it’s always about how MEN who ‘choose’ to be like WOMEN (gay, transgender) who are vilified and not the other way around. Patriarchy ain’t down with that.

      • Circ09

        Oh, they are not done with marriage equality here. They are still fighting it in the courts. They think they can do an end run around it by going after LGBT pensions & regular work benefits. And they just passed a “religious freedom” adoption bill too.

        • zhera

          Of course they did. It’s Texass.

        • Jessicagkilpatrick

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    • prixator
      • infmom

        Even the guys didn’t want to shower with this pervert.

  • another_steve

    Surprising results.

    The theofascists have been relying on the near-total ignorance on the part of the average American when it comes to trans people. In Texas in particular, I would have thought the monsters would have been more successful in shaping public opinion.

    These numbers are good news.

  • Mike in Texas

    Straus rejects bathroom bill

    “Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, rejected the idea of passing a bathroom bill being pushed by the governor and lieutenant governor. The bathroom bill targeting the transgender community is included in a list of items the governor wants considered in the 30-day special session he called that begins in mid-July.

    “We are starting to send the wrong signal about who we are as a state,” Straus told school board members from across the state attending a conference in San Antonio.”

    http://www.dallasvoice.com/straus-rejects-bathroom-bill-10238086.html

    • Jonathan Smith
      • bambinoitaliano

        The ship has fell off the flat earth long ago.

      • Mike in Texas

        Ha! … We’ll a Republican and a bit slow on the uptake, but I’m not complaining.

    • JWC

      whatever is sending the signals out of Teaxas they are landing on deaf ears no one care Texas drag your ass into the 21century

      • Jonathan Smith

        one little correction, if i may?
        “drag your ass into the 20th Century”

        • JWC

          by all means

    • Circ09

      I never thought I would be grateful for Joe Straus. But his pragmatic economic Republicanism might just save us from some of the most attention seeking stupid shit. He can’t stop the forced birth fanatics but he may be able to stand his ground here. He’s about the best we can hope for out of a really sorry lot.

  • JWC

    they are running out of things to pester those annoyin humasexuals about

  • David

    Can a national referendum be called to EXPELL a state from the Union?

  • David
  • penpal

    We should be paying attention to the fact that 12% of Democrats “don’t know” how they feel about this bill. What information aren’t they getting about this subject?

    • zhera

      I think they answer ‘don’t know’ because they are FOR the bill but know it’s bigotry, which they can’t own because they’re supposed to be ‘better’.

      • Daveed_WOW

        fuckers

  • When you show registered Republican voters in Texas something called “the Bathroom Bill” they probably think its about taxing homeowners unless they have a special outhouse built in the back so “The Help” does not use the regular indoor facilities.

  • Gustav2
    • Jonathan Smith
      • Paula

        Dude, use some sunscreen next time!

    • bambinoitaliano

      That’s what happen when you promote a Easter Bunny mascot into WH Press Secretary. Besides the DOOFUS already did his job on his Twitter.

    • zhera

      Why is he doing this? Is he having a bad hair day? if the press secretary of the POTUS won’t even be audio recorded, what is that saying about the administration?

    • bambinoitaliano
      • bkmn

        What has CNN done for this administration, other than pay half a dozen Trump supporters to be on the air making pro-Trump statements?

      • What da fuck was a Russian reporter doing there? I hate, hate HATE The White House Squatter™ administration.

    • Ernest Endevor

      I liked him.

    • Kinda like wisdom teeth? You have to pull them out when they get impacted and start to do damage.

    • John

      “kind of useless”????? He’s been totally useless since day one. How does the man look at himself in the mirror and keep from vomiting?

  • Ninja0980

    Another state where if gerrymandering was done away with, some progress could actually be made.

    • Circ09

      Not by much, sadly. We have to convince people here to vote first.
      And 25 years ago the districts were gerrymandered by the other party. It didn’t help progress then because of a combination of deeply ingrained graft and general social conservatism. Republicans here just learned well from the decades of Democratic strongholds. And in many cases, those former Democrats switched parties. This transformation in TX didn’t just occur after the Civil Rights Act or “Reagan Democrats” became a thing. This was happening in the 1990s.

  • Clive Johnson

    Meanwhile, TX is proving to be another conservative success story:

    Report: Texas Children Rank Low on Markers of Well-Being
    https://www.texastribune.org/2016/06/23/report-texas-children-rank-low-measures-well-being/

    When there are actual problems that exist, why worry about them when you can whip yourself into a panic about nothing?

    • Jonathan Smith

      Unfortunately, keeping them ignorant and un-willing to learn is how they keep their base.

    • Daveed_WOW

      That’s how it is done.

    • zhera

      They should just pray harder, right?

    • When I talk to people from Texas they think the state is a huge success story because (and I am not going to check numbers) —
      1. The unemployment is low
      2. The taxation is low
      3. The state is booming and others want to live here, business is moving here, even high technology (in the Austin area)
      4. Texas has excellent state universities (true — U T and Texas A& M are very good with huge endowments – $27 billion )
      —–
      And that’s it. Nothing else seems to matter much. They don’t care much about quality of life issues for working class people — I don’t want to get into the racial thing here, but I was explaining to my friend from Barcelona why being Cubano or Puerto Rican in South Florida is not the same as being Mexican in Texas. .

      • John

        Having lived in teggzuz, I can tell you that there’s one thing most of the population is good at doing – bragging – whether justified or not.

      • And as an Alaskan, sure it’s only in the summer months now, but still…..am sick of hearing Texass claiming to be the biggest state. You can cut Alaska in half, and Texass would be the 3rd largest state. Hellz, we have more coast line than all of the lower 48.

    • John

      A lot of teggzuns think they’re special. They are.They’re a Special kind of stupid.

    • Of course the re-thug-licans don’t care that Texass children rank low on well-being! They are CHILDREN! Who can’t vote, and are a drain on the coffers of the state.

  • When you show registered Republican voters in Texas something called “the Bathroom Bill” they probably think its about taxing homeowners unless they have a special outhouse built in the back so “The Help” does not use the regular indoor facilities.

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/guypbenson/status/876830106706202625
    Has the MSM covered the Republicans bragging about how the shooting helped Handel asshole?

    • Natty Enquirer

      Every time I see this “MSM” thing I think “men who have sex with men.”

      • m_lp_ql_m

        Well, most Repubs wouldn’t dare identify as gay, so they fall within the MSM demographic.

  • Michael R
  • JWC

    Just builds Trumps wall along Texas, nothern boarder

    • Private landowners don’t want his stupid wall built in Texas. They even know its a disaster – environmentally and that it won’t do anything. And they have to seize land through emminent domain to build it —
      I hope there are 100 Ruby Ridges now. Let the militia right get pissed off about this. https://newrepublic.com/article/141711/texas-doesnt-want-trumps-wall-either

      • JWC

        the question No ne has answred is that a “bigly” portion of the border is the Rio Grande . Is the wall, in this case, on the US side or the Mexican side?

    • There needs to be a fourth door. One for Youth Pastors and Priests.

  • Hanwi

    The tea party must think Boy Meets Girl is a horror flick!!

    If you haven’t seen it check it out, it’s really good/cute 😉

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49fa60fb7f0821ba965bd41993a2bacd6c7d7e30b3924a6fe46c48aac2ed4dd5.jpg

  • TheManicMechanic

    Because Texas breeds idiots.

  • So Republicans overall, including non-Tea Party Repubs mostly think that the trans bill is “important”, it’s just that the Tea Party is more likely to think it’s important. Which means it’s going to pass because Republicans run everything in Texas except for a few cities.

    I will be keeping my promise. If this passes I will call the cops every time I see a woman using the men’s room because the line is too long.

    • I would also call every single time a mother ushers her little son into the ladies room.

  • A sincerely held religious belief opt-out for any law needs to only apply to religious leaders with a full time job as a minister. Not Joe Jip and Mary Mud, but only Reverend Whats and Paster Sown.

  • Paul

    Does “important” necessarily mean they back it? I consider such a bill important…we need to be vigilant to stop those types of laws from passing.

  • TampaZeke

    Remember when the Tea Party sold itself as being unconcerned with “social issues” and were only formed to address economic issues? No? Neither do they. They’ve been rabidly anti-gay and they’ve shown that they have no credibility on economic issues by jumping in bed with the party that has repeatedly destroyed our economy.

  • JCF
  • SDG

    Just shows you how truly FUCKED Texas is.

  • Piona O.

    Texas. Houston is where the astronauts live, and the city that put men on the moon. The rest of the state is apparently full of medieval peasants who run about crying “Kill the Witch!” Er, “Kill the Trans.”

  • infmom

    I recently spoke with someone who fell for all this rape-fantasy nonsense and is adamant that people are pretending to be trans women so they can get into the ladies’ rooms and rape anyone they can find there.

    This person is the parent of a trans daughter.

    Right wing gullibility and militant ignorance is beyond belief.