Over the past days, Texas Republicans have advanced a pair of baldly anti-LGBTQ measures, both of which are expected to be signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.
On Monday, the Texas State House passed a bill that would bar transgender students in public and charter schools from using the restroom or locker room that corresponds with their gender identity, forcing them to use a single-stall bathroom instead. According to the Washington Post, the bill would override any school which currently allows trans students to use the correct restroom.
The measure, a modified version of a more expansive bill that passed the state Senate, was approved largely down party lines by a vote of 91-50. It comes in part as a response to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s threat to hold up Texas’ budget if the bill didn’t pass—an issue for which Patrick has been vocally (if somewhat bizarrely) in favor for over a year.
Also on Monday, Texas House Republicans were joined by three Democratic colleagues to pass HR 3859, a “religious freedom” measure that protects state-funded adoption and foster agencies from “adverse action” if they refuse to send children to certain homes based on their religious beliefs. Read more via Fusion