AUSTIN, Texas (ChurchMilitant.com) - In an another attempt to pull entertainment and money from states that uphold natural law, the Nation Football League (NFL) is threatening the state of Texas over a new traditional-family bathroom law.
The Texas Privacy Act — known as Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) — filed late last year would require people to use bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.
In response to the bill last week, a spokesman for the NFL said, "If a proposal that is discriminatory or inconsistent with our values were to become law there, that would certainly be a factor considered when thinking about awarding future events." Houston hosted the Superbowl on February 5 — only the fourth time it has been held in Texas since it began in 1967.
When the bill was first made public, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said, "This bill stops local cities, local governments from passing policies that allow men in women's restrooms."
After threats from the NFL, Patrick changed emphasis saying, "Despite persistent misinformation in the media, under Senate Bill 6 all Texas teams will be able to set their own policies at the stadiums and arenas where they play and hold their events. There is no conflict with the NFL's statement today and Senate Bill 6."
The bill further makes exceptions for medical workers, janitors and students with special needs. The bill also excludes occasions when government-owned buildings are leased out for individual private use.
Despite hosting the most recent Super Bowl in Houston, Texas, just days before, the NFL spokesman added, "We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard."
If the bathroom law is approved, it will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2017. Some reports say the law could cost the state of Texas $8.5 billion in revenue if major organization pull events from the state.
According to some estimates, North Carolina, just a few months after passing a similar bill, lost more than $400 million in revenue. The NCAA, NBA and several top companies agreed to pull future businesses from the state after the bill was deemed discriminatory and against equality.