This is a womens rights issue and I think were putting into statute what the Texas people expect. Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN Texas Ive had so many women tell me I lock the door when I go to the bathroom in my own house. I dont even want my husband in the bathroom when Im in the bathroom State Senator Lois Kolkhorst tells Insiders Jim Cardle.
Again were talking about intimate spaces and I think its really important that we create boundaries. And these are boundaries have been long long accepted throughout our history said Kolkhorst author of the SB 6 Texas Privacy Act that was debated in the Texas Senate last week under the guise of being a Bathroom Bill.
Senator Kolkhorst has some thoughts on why the bill is important for Texas women & schoolchildren that may surprise you.
Remember on May 13 2016 the Obama Administration through the Department of justice issued a letter that very specifically lays out that gender identity is something thats internalized. I had another Senator say to me the other day I wish that May 13 2016 letter had never been issued because School Districts were doing a really good job of handling this on a case-by-case basis said Kolkhorst.
But it pushed too far and brought it into our realm (at the state level.) When that letter was rescinded by the Trump Administration it said that this issue is a states issue now. States handle education and local issues now.
Republicans way into the high 70 range support keeping men out of womens bathrooms. Democrats by over 50 African-Americans above 70 Hispanics over 60 all the demographics support this bill Kolkhorst said.