Anti-transgender bill blocked in Texas Senate

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A bill against the transgender community, known as SB 1218, died before it could reach Texas’ Senate House floor for debate. 

On Tuesday May 15, the Texas Senate passed a bill which would adversely affect the transgender community. It was scheduled for debate on the Senate House floor tonight, May 21.

But the bill, led by Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), did not pass the House Judiciary or Civil Jurisprudence Committee, who struck it down before it could reach the higher chambers. 

In order to gain access to marry, a transgender individual has to submit an affidavit of change in sex. The proposed bill would have created another hurdle for the transgender community. If the bill had passed, the affidavit would no longer be accepted as valid ID. 

This requirement would have created a “catch 22” effect for the transgender community. Without an affidavit it would make it extremely difficult for a transgender individual to prove their change in sex, as most other forms of ID, such as license, birth certificate, and passport, state the individuals sex at birth, including an old photo.

By not accepting the affidavit, a photo ID requirement presents the predicament of an ID with a photo captured before the individuals sex change papers. In this case, that marriage license application would be perceived as an application for a same-sex marriage, which is illegal in Texas, and therefore bar transgender individuals from marrying altogether. 

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