Texas 'Bathroom Bill' Clears First Hurdle
A Senate committee in the Texas state legislature advanced a proposal Wednesday that would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificates. The proposal has received many comparisons to a bill introduced in North Carolina last summer that received a great deal of criticism. The hearing in which the vote took place lasted 21 hours with 400 people, including parents of transgender schoolchildren, who gave emotional testimony. Republicans arguing in favor of the bill say that they are trying to protect women's privacy in bathrooms.
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