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Destin Cramer, left, and Noah Rice place a new sticker on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama?s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district?s 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Texas is close to passing a 'bathroom bill' for its public schools


A transgender "bathroom bill" that resembles North Carolina's infamous HB2 bill is on its way to becoming law in Texas, The Houston Chronicle reported.

The bill appears to only apply to public school restrooms and would require that all transgender people in the state use the restroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificates.

The bill had passed the Texas Senate, but stalled in the House. That is, until last night, when proponents tacked on this measure to a bill covering school emergency operations.

"It's absolutely about child safety," said Rep. Chris Paddie, the author of the language in the measure. "This is about accommodating all kids."

However, not all Texas state legislators seem to agree that the language centers on safety.

"This amendment is the bathroom bill and the bathroom bill is an attack on transgender people," said Rep. Joe Moody, a Democrat from El Paso. "Some people don't want to admit that because they are ashamed, and this is shameful."

Some state representatives have taken to Twitter to express their concerns. 

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