Big business backlash is brewing a battle in the Texas Legislature for the bathroom bill

Rare | 8/13/2017 | Gerald Hanks
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The battle in the Texas Legislature over the so-called “bathroom bill” (SB 3) may cost the state jobs with the chance to become home of a $1.6 billion auto manufacturing plant.

Officials with automakers Toyota and Mazda, which would be cooperating to build the proposed plant, recently voiced opposition to legislation, like Texas’ bill, forcing transgender individuals to use public restrooms designated based on their gender assigned at birth, rather than for their gender identity.

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Toyota previously built a plant in Mississippi, but, shortly after the plant was built, the state passed a “religious freedom” bill allowing businesses the right to discriminate against LGBT individuals.

Last year, Toyota released a statement providing the company “does not condone discrimination in any form and believes that inclusive treatment of all people is good for the workplace, marketplace and society as a whole.”

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Toyota boasts a large presence in Texas, with a $1 billion plant in San Antonio and the company’s North American headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Plano.

With those connections already established, the Lone Star State seems like the logical location choice for...
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