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Dallas Stars oppose "bathroom bill"

The Dallas Stars of the NHL became the first Texas-based professional sports franchise to officially oppose a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.

Stars president and CEO James Lites issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that the club is "strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory."

"We welcome fans from all over the globe, and our roster boasts players from half a dozen countries. Dallas welcomes all, and we welcome all," Lites said.

"... We are proud of our home and want every visitor to feel at home here, too, and that' s why we oppose this discriminatory bathroom legislation."

The NFL and NBA have previously joined other businesses in opposing a proposal requiring transgender people to use bathrooms in schools and government buildings assigned to the gender on their birth certificates.

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