AUSTIN –– The Texas House of Representatives has postponed the ban on child gender mutilation after Democrats called a point of order regarding an inaccuracy in the measure’s analysis.
Moments before the bill was delayed, however, chaos erupted as leftist activists began chanting and waving a trans flag in the House gallery.
The beginning of today’s transurrection. #SB14 #txlege pic.twitter.com/fhX14uuZL4
— Michelle Evans (@ThinkerMichelle) May 2, 2023
House Speaker Dade Phelan (R–Beaumont) ordered Texas DPS troopers to clear the gallery of all onlookers. As he did, one activist—a man wearing a dress—exposed himself to lawmakers and other onlookers from the gallery.
Jarvis – you believe this is acceptable behavior in the TX House Chamber?!
I don’t think so my friend.
This is the people’s House. Not animal house. #txlege https://t.co/6Gbu5oqaTF pic.twitter.com/bGdFSFc8Uh
— Jeff Leach (@leachfortexas) May 2, 2023
Trans activists then started screaming outside the House gallery and in the Capitol rotunda.
Scenes from inside the Capitol, as the House begins to take up SB 14 to ban gender mutilation in minors #txlege pic.twitter.com/DSbrtcBLJP
— Brandon Waltens (@bwaltens) May 2, 2023
DPS officers arrested some of the protestors and removed them from the Capitol.
DPS officers took down and handcuffed a few demonstrators after they were removed from the House Gallery. They were escorted out of the Texas Capitol. I was asked to leave too, but I identified as press. @SpectrumNews1TX @TXCapTonight pic.twitter.com/kzeJW9dKd6
— Charlotte Scott (@reportsbychar) May 2, 2023
Meanwhile, following Mary Gonzalez’ (D–San Elizario) allegation that the bill analysis was misleading, the House parliamentarian concurred that a name was recorded incorrectly.
Senate Bill 14 was quickly recommitted to the House Committee on Public Health to be fixed and voted out again just moments after the point of order. It will return to the floor later this week, according to State Rep. Dustin Burrows (R–Lubbock), who chairs the House’s Calendars Committee.
SB 14 by State Sen. Donna Campbell (R–New Braunfels) will protect children from being chemically castrated by puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and from receiving mutilative surgeries to “transition” them.
Child gender mutilation gained national notoriety in 2018 with the child abuse case of Dallas-area boy James Younger, whose mother is transitioning him against his father’s wishes.
Texas failed to protect James, with a Texas judge allowing his mother to move him to California for transitioning.
If SB 14 is passed, Texas will join Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia in protecting kids from these life-altering, elective medical procedures.
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