LGBTQ+ RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
Updated: Aug 6, 2018
by Melissa D, Contributor
One need only peruse the Texas Republican Party Platform to see the way LGBTQ+ rights will continue to be handled in Texas. It states:
“Homosexuality is a chosen behavior contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible... Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples.”
The GOP also explicitly states that their goal is to overturn Obergefell Vs. Hodges, the Supreme Court cases that gave same-sex couples across the nation the right to marry. As for gender identity, Texas Republicans want legislation passed that forces transgender people to use the bathrooms that “correspond with their biological sex”.
Specifically, SB6 is an anti-LGBTQ+ bill that was introduced in the 2017 session. Thanks to verdant (and common sense) opposition, it did not pass. This law would have made it illegal for transgender individuals to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity if the gender on their birth certificate does not match. Hundreds of people, especially transgender adults and teens, as well as the parents of trans children, traveled to Austin to testify for their right to use public accommodations that fit their gender identity. While the bathroom bill is not currently law, it is likely to be introduced again in the 2019 legislative session.
It is clear that we must remain vigilant in our advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights.
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