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Dallas Stars become 1st Texas team opposing 'bathroom bill'

Dallas Stars President James Lites, left, talks with Shawn Horcoff, center, and Tyler Seguin after they are introduced as NHL hockey Dallas Stars players at a press conference in Dallas on Tuesday July 8, 2013. AP Photo/Mike Fuentes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The NHL's Dallas Stars have become the first Texas professional sports franchise to officially oppose a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.

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

The NFL and NBA have previously joined dozens of powerful businesses in opposing a proposal requiring transgender Texans to use public restrooms corresponding to the gender on their birth certificates.

Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature failed to pass the bill during a 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.

Updated August 9, 2017

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