Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attacks attempts to expand transgender rights by letting them use the restrooms and locker rooms that correlate to the gender they identify with. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz attacked attempts to let transgender people use restrooms and other facilities that are not designated for the gender they were assigned at birth. During a campaign rally on Sunday, Cruz called the attempts political correctness on steroids. The White House recently opened its first gender-neutral restroom in what is seen as a symbolic step by President Barack Obama to protect the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace. However, some states are fighting attempts to expand the practice. In Florida, the "Bathroom Surveillance Bill" would ban transgender people from using bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities except those designated for their gender at birth. Similar bills have also been introduced in Kentucky, Missouri and Texas, according to LGBT activist group Human Rights Campaign. Transgender advocates have attacked the laws as discriminatory, and accused legislators in some states of "attacking the dignity and humanity of transgender and gender non-conforming people".