Faith groups protest in Austin, Texas on Tuesday against legislation that would restrict bathroom access for transgender people. Nathan Frandino reports.
Men and women of all faiths gathered on the steps of the Texas state capitol on Tuesday to protest the state's pending bathroom bill that would restrict access to transgender people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Erik K. Gronberg - Bishop, Northern TX/Northern LA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, SAYING: "Each of us here today because our faith gives us an imperative to speak against discrimination and marginalization of people in our midst." The bill would require people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate, rather than their gender identity. The bill passed the Senate last week and now heads to the state House of Representatives. Supporters say the bill promotes promotes public safety and protects women and children. Opponents - like those protesting Tuesday - say it's discriminatory and would further endanger transgender people, who some argue are more prone to be victims of violence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Ruel Martinez, Retired Bishop, United Methodist Church, SAYING: "Any effort - any effort to single out and discriminate or profile anyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, needs to be opposed." A previous bill failed in the spring under pressure from pro-business Republicans who feared an economic backlash. Enactment of the bill in Texas could give momentum to other conservative states seeking action on an issue that has become a flashpoint in the U.S.