The “tough fight” surrounding Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings, and public universities based on “biological sex,” is about to take shape in the 2017 Legislature.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick set the stage for discussion at a Capitol news conference Thursday by declaring his support for the bill, which would pre-empt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender Texans to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

“We know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Patrick said. “But we know we’re on the right side of the issue. We’re on the right side of history. You can mark today as the day Texas is drawing a line in the sand and saying no.”

Following North Carolina’s Lead, Texas GOP Unveils So-Called ‘Bathroom Bill’

John Branch

John Branch

Cartoonist John Branch has commented on San Antonio and Texas politics for decades; his work is syndicated nationally by King Features.