One Final Indignity

by Jose Medina

Senate Resolution 1028 (click to enlarge)

The Texas Legislature will leave town when the session concludes this Monday. Going into the session, TFN and our allies knew we would be on the defensive on several issues. This was especially true on LGBT rights because of the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision, expected next month, that could once and for all bring the freedom to marry to Texas and the handful of other states where it still isn’t legal.

We got what we expected. Far-right lawmakers filed more than 20 anti-LGBT bills designed specifically to discriminate. According to some reports, that was a record number for any state legislature in any one year. Most of the bills, though, appear dead. It now looks like all the anti-equality crowd will be able to claim as a victory is the so-called “Pastor Protection” bill, which basically just re-states existing law.

That’s it, nothing more.

But when folks know they’re going to lose, they do things. They look for — ahem — moral victories they can find comfort in. They also may throw a Hail Mary or two down the field. That’s basically what the Texas Senate did last night, with 21 senators declaring they’re comfortable being on the wrong side of history and trading all those anti-LGBT bills for a toothless resolution.

Sponsored by state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and with the support of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate late Wednesday passed a resolution declaring that marriage is between one man and one woman. The resolution is non-binding. As our friends at Equality Texas point out, last night’s resolution joins others passed this session, including one declaring May 7 as Salad Day and another declaring May 26 as John Wayne Day.

So, practically speaking, the Senate resolution is no biggie. But it was one final indignity inflicted on LGBT families by legislators who recognized that their anti-LGBT crusade is coming to an end as quickly as the legislative session.