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Texas Senate GOP Caucus Wants Rights of All Students to Be Respected

May 23, 2016

Austin – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus has released an open letter, signed by every Caucus member, to Texas school district superintendents and trustees in regards to the recently released “Dear Colleague” letter from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education outlining “significant guidance” to school districts on allowing students to use the bathroom of their “gender identity”, defined as an individual’s “internal sense of gender.” The Texas Senate GOP Caucus has urged all school districts throughout the State to ignore this letter until questions of its legality are resolved. When asked to defend his statements, President Obama stated in an interview that this guidance letter was their “best judgment” on how to address the issue.

“We believe this issue should be addressed by using common sense and the best judgment on the part of the parties involved in a specific case, respecting the rights and privacy of ALL the children who might be affected,” said Senator Joan Huffman.

In their letter, the Department of Education’s and the Department of Justice’s interpretations of sex discrimination include not only an individual’s biological sex, but also an individual’s “internal sense of gender.” However, of the thirty-five legal footnotes provided in the document, not a single one substantiates this claim. There has been no federal law enacted or Supreme Court ruling to provide a legal basis for this overreach.

“In what has become the new normal, the White House has attempted to unilaterally write law,” said Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt. “Of the thirty-five legal footnotes used to support the letter, not one supports the idea that Title IX applies to a student’s transgender status or internal sense of gender identity. There has been no federal law passed and no Supreme Court ruling that would justify the President’s attempt to unilaterally change how bathrooms at educational facilities are used.”

For a complete statement of the Texas Senate GOP Caucus’ position please refer to the attached letter.

Texas GOP Caucus Letter Gender ID

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Tremendous victory tonight for Pete Flores who will become the 21st member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus! This gives the Republicans in the Texas Senate a 2/3rds supermajority.

This victory shows the unified support from Texas Republicans all the way from US Senators Cruz and Cornyn, to Governor Abbott, to Lt. Governor Patrick, all 20 Texas Senate Republican Caucus members and many others. Despite what some pundits might say Republicans can win in 2018!

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) added: "With no straight ticket voting in 2020 I predict that Pete Flores can hold this seat in 2020."

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