Texas bathroom bill revived by Senate

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HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 15: Texas Lt. Govenor Dan Patrick speaks at a watch party for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on March 15, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Cruz is in a tight race with Donald Trump in the Missouri GOP primary, while Trump took Florida, North Carolina, and Illinois. Gov. John Kasich won his home state of Ohio. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Senate in the US state of Texas has revived a full bathroom bill which forces trans eople to use bathroom facilities corresponded with the gender of birth. At 1am on Wednesday, the Senate voted 21-10 to attach an amendment to an unrelated bill about county governments. But the Democrat who put forward the bill which the amendment was attached disagreed to accept the changes. A full bill which would have had the same effect passed in the Senate in March but was stalled in the Texas House. On Sunday, a bill passed by the House would apply these rules limited to schools. The House’s bathroom bill rules passed on Sunday were also attached to a separate bill from the Senate, the original author of which has said they are “too watered down.” The Texas legislative session ends on Monday. The Texas House of Representatives earlier this month passed a measure to allow adoption agencies discriminate against LGBT people. House Bill 3859, also known as the ‘Freedom to Serve Children Act’ is similar to legislation passed in other states. It would allow state-funded adoption agencies to discriminate against couples based on religious belief.

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