Bathroom bill debate emotional, thoughtful
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