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Big hurdles face Texas' 'bathroom bill' ahead of first vote

A North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people faces big hurdles in Texas as Republican supporters stood with church leaders and others Monday to ratchet up political pressure ahead of a first vote this week.

Although the Texas bill is likely to sail through a Senate committee as early as Tuesday, the hotly contested measure faces a tough road ahead. It is opposed by corporate titans such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and American Airlines and celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Lawrence.

North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, a supporter of his state's bathroom law known as HB2, is among those now enlisted to help brighten the...