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Dallas Stars oppose 'bathroom bill'

11 August 2017

The Stars have made it clear they won't tolerate a proposed law which discriminates against transgendered people.

Not long after Lites' comments were publicized, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to Sportsnet's Mark Spector stating that the league also "strongly (opposes)" the bill and that it would "reassess the situation" if the controversial legislation is passed into law.

The Dallas Stars are the first professional sports team to come out publicly to oppose the Texas "bathroom bill", which is now being considered in the Texas legislature.

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At this point, it doesn't look like the bathroom bills, which would require visitors to public facilities in Texas to use the restroom consistent with the sex listed on their birth certificate and would strike down municipal ordinances that protect transgender individuals from discrimination, will make it to the floor of the House for debate. "Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all". "The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory, including proposed bathroom legislation". "We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries". Though the league recently announced Dallas will host the 2018 draft, what would send the loudest message that hockey is for everyone and the NHL is an inclusive environment is pulling the event from Texas altogether. Any bill violating people's rights to use the bathrooms in which they feel comfortable thus pertains to hockey in this case.

It's great to see the Stars take a progressive step in a league that isn't always known for being the first to set such examples.

The Texas Association of Business, one of the earliest and loudest opponents of the bills, is running radio ads suggesting that passing them could lead the National Football League to reject the Cowboys' application to host the 2018 National Football League draft, leading to "millions of dollars in lost revenue and leaving a lot of Cowboys fans angry".

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This past February, the NHL appointed 30 "You Can Play Club Ambassadors", a player from each team who could speak to the inclusiveness of the league. "We hope and expect that bill in that form will not be passed into law. We would obviously have to reassess the situation in the event that happens". The league acted swiftly, saying Shaw needed to be held accountable for his actions and that this type of talk needed to be rooted out of the game.

The Stars aren't the first professional entity in Dallas to publicly come out against the bills, as a handful of CEOs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have already expressed their displeasure over the issue.

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Dallas Stars oppose 'bathroom bill'