Religious-right groups rallied Monday at the Texas Capitol to, as they insisted, stand up for traditional marriage. But don’t be fooled. The rally was really about riling up anti-gay activists as equality for LGBT families — at least on marriage — gets closer to reality.
In fact, the rally brought out some of the most strident voices of anti-gay hate in Texas — both at the podium and in the gathering on the Capitol’s south steps. We wonder whether Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spoke at the event, agree with the sign-holder at the rally who thinks that homosexuality is a cancer and is perverting our kids, families, courts and country.
Rally backers regularly insist that they “love” LGBT people. We see little evidence of that love. Instead we see mean-spirited, hateful rhetoric like that on display at the Texas Capitol on Monday. Haters gonna hate.