Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Says Texas’ Transgender Bill Not the Same as North Carolina’s HB 2

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick speaks at a news conference on the introduction of a bill that would limit access to bathrooms and other facilities for transgender people at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, U.S., January 5, 2017.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and a state lawmaker who introduced a bill that would require people to use public bathrooms based on their birth sex instead of the gender they choose to identify as on any given day, have laid out the differences between the Texas legislation and the highly controversial House Bill 2 signed into law last year in North Carolina.

Senate Bill 6, which was introduced by Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst in January, has come under fire from critics on the Left who claim that it would cost the state millions of dollars because it would offend entertainers, businesses and institutions that might decide not to do business in the state because they’d think the bill is discriminatory.

North Carolina’s HB 2 does many of the same things that Texas’ SB 6 does. It allows businesses to set their own policies regarding bathrooms, changing rooms and locker rooms and prevents local governments from passing ordinances that require businesses to allow male customers who identify as female to go into women’s restrooms. It also requires people to use bathrooms owned by the state that are consistent with the sex on their birth certificate.

Considering that HB 2 cost North Carolina the expansions of PayPal and Deutsche Bank, a handful of concerts, circuses, the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, and number of NCAA championship events, some in the Texas Association of Business feel the same economic backlash could happen to Texas if it passes SB 6.

As the NFL has already indicated that it might take into account SB 6 when deciding if it will host another Super Bowl and other future events in Texas, Patrick and Kolkhorst told reporters on a conference call Friday that there are some differences between North Carolina’s HB 2 and Texas’ SB 6 that businesses should take note of before they start threatening to retaliate against the legislation.

The bill is scheduled to be heard on the Texas Senate floor next Tuesday morning.

“[O]ur bill is not the North Carolina bill,” Patrick, a major proponent of the bill, asserted. “Their bill was taking on the city of Charlotte over protected class issues. Our bill does not deal with protected class in the LGBT community regarding employment, housing etcetera.”

Considering that HB 2 cost North Carolina the expansions of PayPal and Deutsche Bank, a handful of concerts, circuses, the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, and number of NCAA championship events, some in the Texas Association of Business feel the same economic backlash could happen to Texas if it passes SB 6.

As the NFL has already indicated that it might take into account SB 6 when deciding if it will host another Super Bowl and other future events in Texas, Patrick and Kolkhorst told reporters on a conference call Friday that there are some differences between North Carolina’s HB 2 and Texas’ SB 6 that businesses should take note of before they start threatening to retaliate against the legislation.

The bill is scheduled to be heard on the Texas Senate floor next Tuesday morning.

“[O]ur bill is not the North Carolina bill,” Patrick, a major proponent of the bill, asserted. “Their bill was taking on the city of Charlotte over protected class issues. Our bill does not deal with protected class in the LGBT community regarding employment, housing etcetera.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith