Bath­room bill de­bate emo­tional, thought­ful

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - Her­man

It’s a sim­ple choice, some­times cre­atively ex­pressed in signs on bath­room doors: Cow­boys or Cow­girls? Pointer or Set­ter? The Johns: Olivia New­ton- or El­ton?

Make your choice and do your busi­ness. Sim­ple, right? Or so many of us thought, per­haps ig­no­rantly, for many years.

The en­light­ened thought among some to­day is that gen­der doesn’t al­ways align with bi­ol­ogy at birth. Of course, not ev­ery­one be­lieves this.

“We have not been con­fused about this in 6,000 years of hu­man his­tory,” Pas­tor Charles Flow­ers of San An­to­nio told state sen­a­tors Tues­day.

“A bath­room is not a room for a choice,” Pas­tor Her­nan Cas­tano of Hous­ton tes­ti­fied. “God made a dif­fer­ence be­tween male and fe­male, and God made no mis­takes.”

The clergy’s not unan­i­mous on that. And nei­ther was the Leg­is­la­ture on Tues­day as the Se­nate State Af­fairs Com­mit­tee con­sid­ered Se­nate Bill 6, the so-called bath­room bill. The Se­nate seems primed to ap­prove it. Its fate is less cer­tain in the House, where Speaker Joe Straus, R-San An­to­nio, on Tues­day said he’s “not a fan” of SB 6, which would re­quire, in gov­ern­ment and school build­ings, that peo­ple use fa­cil­i­ties of the gen­der

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