- Associated Press - Friday, July 21, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of people are lining up to oppose a revised Texas “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people being rushed through the state Senate.

The measure would require transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates. It’s being advanced during a 30-day special legislative session that began Tuesday.

The same bill failed during the regular session that ended in May, amid outcry from top businesses and LGBT activists.

The powerful Senate State Affairs committee heard arguments on the bill Friday. Though there was little warning, hundreds of people still waited for hours to testify against it.

Despite the opposition, the GOP-led committee wants to approve the bill as soon as possible and set up Senate passage next week.



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