Republican House Speaker on bathroom bill: ‘I don’t want a suicide on my hands’

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Republican House Speaker Joe Straus. Photo via Facebook.

A Texas “bathroom bill” is facing more pushback thanks to a house speaker.

Republican House Speaker Joe Straus was quoted saying he does not want to see a single Texan commit suicide as a result of political efforts to dictate which public restrooms transgender persons can use, through bathroom bill SB6.

“I’m disgusted by all this,” Straus said in comments published to The New Yorker. “Tell the lieutenant governor I don’t want the suicide of a single Texan on my hands.”

The New Yorker reporter wrote that a senator came to Straus’ office with a proposed compromise on the bill in May. Straus said not to bother opening the proposal. He did not disclose the name of the senator, but did say he was a lawyer.

Republican Lt Gov. Dan Patrick was one of the main politicians pushing for a Texas bathroom bill similar to the one in North Carolina. According to LGBTQ Nation, a spokesperson for Patrick claimed he was not responsible for sending any senators to Straus’ office.

The spokesperson also said that if Straus’ comments were accurate, it would only be “the latest of his reasons” to be against the bill.

“The Lt. Governor hopes the Speaker did not make these comments. Obviously no one wants to see harm to anyone as a result of any legislation that is passed,” Spokesperson Sherry Sylvester told the Associated Press.


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