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Dallas Stars Become First Pro Sports Team To Oppose The 'Bathroom Bill'

Aug 9, 2017

The Dallas Stars hockey team has become the first Texas professional sports franchise to speak out against the so-called "bathroom bill."

Stars President James Lites said in a statement Wednesday that the team is "strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory."

The "bathroom bill" aims to require transgender people to use public bathrooms and other sex-segregated facilities that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate rather than their chosen gender identity. 

The same day 32 Dallas arts organizations wrote a letter to House Speaker Joe Straus opposing such legislation. The groups vary from the largest, such as the AT&T Performing Arts Center, to the smallest, like the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group.

The NFL and NBA have previously joined dozens of powerful businesses and well-known artists and musicians in opposing the proposal.

The Texas Legislature failed to pass the bill during the legislative session that ended in May. Gov. Greg Abbott convened a special session to revive the issue, but it looks unlikely to pass before that ends next week.

A similar law in North Carolina sparked national uproar and costly boycotts before lawmakers rolled back much of it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.