AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, weighing into a national controversy over transgender restrooms, said Tuesday he supports keeping men out of women's restrooms, even if it takes legislation to do so.
Since the issue erupted into controversy nationally, some Texas lawmakers have said they will support a state law for single-sex restrooms, and the endorsement of that position by Senate-leader Patrick is likely to give that movement momentum.
"I think the handwriting is on the wall: Stay out of the ladies' room if you're a man," Patrick said outside his Capitol office, confirming a post on his Facebook page that affirmed his opposition to cross-sex restrooms.
"If it costs me an election, if it costs me a lot of grief, then so be it. If we can't fight for something this basic, then we've lost our country."