Religious-Righters Are Pressuring Texas House to Pass Marriage Discrimination Bill

by Dan Quinn

Want to know a big reason the Texas House is dragging the Lone Star State into the public relations firestorm that engulfed Indiana this spring, when the legislature there moved to enshrine discrimination against LGBT people in state law? It’s what religious-righters want, and they hold the Texas Republican Party in their grip.

In fact, Steven Hotze, head of the Conservative Republicans of Texas, this week vomited out another anti-LGBT screed to religious-right activists. In an online post Monday, Hotze demanded that lawmakers pass House Bill 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia. Bell’s legislation would bar state and local officials from granting or recognizing licenses for same-sex marriages even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the state ban on those unions. HB 4105 is now set to go to the floor of the Texas House on Tuesday (May 12).

Hotze’s rationale for passing such a bill? From his Monday post:

Wickedness needs to be called wickedness. The practice and promotion of sodomy and sodomatrimony is wicked. The homofascists intend on forcing Christians and everyone else to accept, condone, affirm and even celebrate sodomy as normal. The homosexuals want it taught to children starting in kindergarten so they can sear their consciences and more easily recruit your children and grandchildren to homosexuality. This is what is happening in Massachusetts which was the first state to allow homosexual‘mirage.’ It will lead to the criminalization of Biblical Christianity. It’s evil. It’s wicked.

Hotze and other opponents of equality are trying to make Texas the last bastion of discrimination in this country. It’s important that supporters of equality and the freedom to marry fight back. Click here to send an email telling your legislator to vote against HB 4105 on Tuesday. Texas is constitutionally bound by Supreme Court rulings, and HB 4105 is both an embarrassment and an outrageous attack on the principle of equality under the law for all Texans.