AUSTIN, Texas – State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., and his son, state Rep. Eddie Lucio, III, have a different take on the so-called “bathroom bill.”
Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use the bathroom in government buildings, public universities and public schools that matches their “biological sex.”
Sen. Lucio, D-Brownsville, participated in a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday in support of SB 6.
“Children, youth and parents in these difficult situations deserve compassion, sensitivity and respect without infringing on legitimate concerns about privacy and security from other students and parents,” Lucio said at the news conference.
Soon after Sen. Lucio made the announcement, Rep. Lucio’s Capitol office started to receive calls from constituents opposed to the “bathroom bill.” To make sure his constituents knew he opposed SB 6, Rep. Lucio, D-Harlingen, issued a statement on Facebook.
Here is Rep. Lucio’s statement in full:
“Earlier today my father State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. signed on to Senate Bill 6 the ‘bathroom bill’. Essentially the bill would require Texans to use a bathroom associated with their biological gender and not the gender in which they identify. This bill targets the transgender community.
“Shortly after it was made public that my father supports SB 6 and participated in a press conference, my office started receiving negative feedback from across Texas on his position on the bill. Unfortunately, most of the people who were calling my office were mistaking me for my father.
“On this issue, I respectfully disagree with my father and I oppose SB 6. I believe this bill to be nothing more than a political ploy to appease certain narrow minded constituencies at the expense of some of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in society.
“Our office has yet to be provided any evidence demonstrating that the transgender community provides a security risk to others in bathrooms. The people that this bill targets are just trying to live their lives and have a safe place to use the restroom. I believe and teach love, tolerance and acceptance in my home and approach my service in office in the same manner.
“My father preached love and service in my house growing up, and although I sincerely believe that his position is not rooted in hate, it is still wrong and will create adversity for many. This is not a priority in Texas and should not be treated as one. I will stand up and oppose any attempt at oppression or prejudice whether the target group is gay, straight, white, brown, man, woman or child.
“I discussed this issue with my father today; it was very civil and respectful. We hugged and agreed to disagree. I hope that regardless of your position on this or any issue you would approach your views and discussions with the same love and respect that my father and I displayed this morning.”
Rep. Lucio got hundreds of “Likes” for his Facebook post.
Senate Bill 6, authored by state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, will be heard by the Senate Committee on State Affairs today. The legislation has been made a top priority this session by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Patrick convened the news conference at which Sen. Lucio spoke on Monday. Some business and tourism leaders in Texas believe SB 6 will hurt the Lone Star State’s economy.