WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Family Research Council Action (FRC Action) will launch a video ad campaign across Texas that exposes the hypocrisy of corporations that are opposing the special session legislation, a bill that protects the privacy and safety of women and children. FRC Action's social media ad campaign calls on House Speaker Joe Straus (R-District 121), whose race in the last Republican primary election was closer than expected, to listen to his constituents and support the Texas privacy legislation. Representatives answer to those they represent, not corporations such as American Airlines and Google, which advocate for bathroom policies that they will not adopt in their own facilities. The hypocrisy begs the question, "Why is big business getting involved in the state government?"
Last week, the Texas State Senate passed the bill which prevents public schools and government buildings from adopting policies that would open women's showers, bathrooms and changing facilities to men and visa-versa. It also prevents political subdivisions from forcing businesses and organizations, including contractors, to open their showers, locker rooms and bathrooms to people of the opposite sex. It leaves private entities free to determine their own policies regarding the use of shared bathrooms and showers.
This morning, in conjunction with the ad campaign launch, FRC’s National Field Director for Church Ministries, Randy Wilson, addressed the crowd at a rally before the Texas State Capitol in support of the Texas privacy legislation.
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Transcript of "Big Business Hypocrisy" Ad:
“They say ‘Don’t mess with Texas,’ right?
“So, why is big business getting involved in the state government?
“Well, you probably know the Trump Administration left the states the power to determine the shower, locker room, and restroom policies of schools.
“So, during the regular session, the Texas Senate passed the Privacy Act, which would have protected the privacy and safety of women and children.
“The act is simple.
“It would have required schools and state buildings to have policies that require people to use the facility that corresponds to their biological sex and to make accommodations for those who identify as transgender. It would have left businesses free to adopt whatever policy they want.
“So, what’s the big deal?
“Well, big business is demanding Texas expose women and children to policies that could endanger them in the most private of places… by allowing men into women’s restrooms and locker rooms.
“But those same businesses like Hilton, Marriott, La Quinta, American Airlines, Google, and others refuse to enact the same unsafe policies in their own facilities… even though they are free to do it.
“Call House Speaker Joe Straus. Urge him to stop blocking a strong shower, locker room, and bathroom privacy bill from getting a House vote.
“Will Speaker Straus side with the Obama administration’s radical agenda, or listen to the overwhelming number of Texans who support the commonsense Texas Privacy Act?”
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