Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Patrick also indicated that he will be looking for ways to beef up transgender bathroom regulations, saying, "There is still time for the House and Senate to address these concerns - which are both priorities for Texas voters - in a meaningful way".

On what LGBT activists are calling "Discrimination Sunday", Texas lawmakers advanced bills allowing anti-LGBT discrimination by adoption agencies and restricting restroom use by transgender students in public schools.

On a final reading of Senate Bill 2078, the Texas House has passed the bill that has an amendment keeping transgender students from using school bathrooms in line with their gender identity. Students would be required to use single-stall bathrooms instead. And two bills in the Texas Senate, S.B.

If the bill passes, it would override some school districts' trans-friendly policies.

In offering up an amendment to Senate Bill 2078, Republican state Rep. Chris Paddie of Marshall explained that the proposal would require students to use bathrooms, lockers rooms and changing facilities based on their biological sex. A transgender student could still use a multi-occupancy bathroom or changing facility that matches the gender with which he or she identifies if no one else is in there, Paddie added. "White. Colored. I was living through that era ... bathrooms divided us then, and it divides us now", Democratic state Representative Senfronia Thompson, who is black, said on the House floor.

"Increasing monetary assistance to these relatives, such as grandparents on a fixed income, will ultimately pay dividends by sending fewer children into the more expensive foster care system where children languish longer and experience multiple moves", McClure said.

Senate Bill 2078 originally was meant to define school districts" "multihazard emergency operations plans', the plans for situations including active shooters or natural catastrophes.

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Greg Abbott signs the bill into law, Texas will become only the second state allowing state-funded adoption agencies to reject families on religious grounds.

Rep. Moody said, "This bill now hurts kids by exclusion and discrimination".

This bill is strikingly similar to the controversial one passed in North Carolina that resulted in mass boycotts and major economic consequences for the state. Many kids spoke about the "horrifying" bullying and abuse they've already faced when forced to use a school bathroom of their biological sex.

The bill is expected to pass through Texas' Republican-controlled legislative chambers.

"There is absolutely no intent and I would argue nothing in this language discriminates against anyone", Paddie said.

According to an analysis released by the Associated Press, the legislation cost North Carolina more than $3.76 billion in lost business over the next 12 years, as organizations including the NCAA pulled events out of the state. The NFL said it would reconsider hosting future Super Bowls in Texas if the bill passed, though the league does not have any Super Bowls planned after February's game in Houston.

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