| The Lone Star State is living up to its conservative reputation as state lawmakers passed a flurry of bills that hit on the hot-button issues of sexuality and religion. The state Senate over the weekend passed a House-approved bill that would let adoption agencies turn away willing parents on religious grounds. To become law, all it needs is Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.
Meanwhile, the House OK’d Texas’ version of a “bathroom bill.” Unlike North Carolina’s version, which led to protests and boycotts, it would require only public high school students to use restrooms that match the gender on their birth certificates. This bill, which still must pass the Senate, is a priority for Abbott.
And that’s not all. Lawmakers have also proposed a bill allowing “religious liberty” exemption for lawyers, pharmacists and nurses. One opponent of all of this called this weekend’s legislative action “discrimination Sunday.”