Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton requests Target’s safety policies regarding the protection of women and children,Warns Target bathroom policy could lead to inappropriate activity, Texas Legislature might take up the issue
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From BizJournals May 5, 2016.
“Texas’ top attorney warns Target bathroom policy could lead to ‘inappropriate activity’
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has set his sights on Target Corp. over the store’s inclusive restroom policy. It is the latest indication that Texas’ top political leaders are willing to risk business over so-called “bathroom bills” that have sparked economic backlash in other states. It also comes after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in April he would support a law in the 2017 legislative session to define who could and could not use gender-segregated bathrooms in Texas.
In a letter to Target CEO Brian Cornell that was published by Fox News, Paxton protested the store’s April 19 decision to allow its customers to use whichever bathroom or fitting room “corresponds with their gender identity.” Paxton said Target’s policy could lead to “illegal or inappropriate activity” and that the Texas Legislature might take up the issue in the future.
“As chief lawyer and law enforcement officer for the State of Texas, I ask that you provide the full text of Target’s safety policies regarding the protection of women and children from those who would use the cover of Target’s restroom policy for nefarious purposes,” Paxton wrote.
Target’s decision was made in response to North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2, approved in March. The bill replaced all of North Carolina’s locally instituted non-discrimination laws and restricted the use of gender-segregated public bathrooms to whatever gender people have on their birth certificates.
The adoption of HB2 sparked a social and economic backlash in North Carolina. Corporate expansions have been called off, music and entertainment events have been cancelled and the National Basketball Association has threatened to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte unless law is changed. The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday told North Carolina the bill violates the Civil Rights Act and could jeopardize millions in federal funding for the state’s schools.”
God bless Texas.