The State Affairs Committee of the Texas of Representatives on Wednesday is set to hear testimony on one of the 20 bills in the current legislative session that promote discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans. House Bill 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, would bar state and local officials from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage.
Supporters of HB 4105 claim that they’re just trying to ensure that Texas retains “sovereignty” over marriage and the right to “define” marriage as a union between one man and one woman. But they’re using it as yet an opportunity to bash LGBT people as evil and perverted. See, for example, this appalling excerpt in a “Legislative Alert” today from the right-wing group Texas Eagle Forum:
The idea that homosexuals could marry is a ‘mirage.’ It is a counterfeit and a lie. It is wrong, first and foremost, because it violates God’s Divine Law in the Bible, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Secondly, it violates natural law.
The email also asks for supporters of “conversion therapy” to testify about “former homosexuals who have renounced and denounced the homosexual lifestyle.” And it wants people “who can testify to the future of sex education in Texas if homosexual marriage is allowed by our failure to take action with this legislation.”
Never mind that medical authorities have denounced “conversion” or “reparative” therapy as abusive and harmful. And never mind that Texas should change its wretched and failed abstinence-0nly policies on sex education no matter what happens with the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. Groups like Texas Eagle Forum will simply repeat the same propaganda at every opportunity.
Of course, they see no reason not to repeat the same lies over and over again. That’s because there are so many Texas lawmakers who buy into it. Check out this video clip from a pastor speaking against the freedom to marry for same-sex couples at what was essentially an anti-gay rally last month at the Texas Capitol. The speaker equates marriage for gay and lesbian couples to polygamy, pedophilia and incest. And he’s surrounded by Texas lawmakers — including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick — applauding in agreement.