We bet Steven Hotze, president of Conservative Republicans of Texas, nearly burst a blood vessel last week while writing his email rant attacking the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples.
The long screed to his email list calls on readers to contact Texas legislators in support of HB 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia. (It also asks for money — “to protect Biblical marriage,” of course.) HB 4105 would bar the use of state or local funds to license or otherwise recognize the marriage of a same-sex couple. The law also bars state and local employees from granting or recognizing such a license.
Hotze — like Rep. Bell — insists the law is needed in case the Supreme Court strikes down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. HB 4105 and other bills that promote and even require discrimination against LGBT Texans and their families would lead to months and maybe years of litigation if the Supreme Court strikes down the marriage ban. That would impose great harm, financial and otherwise, on loving families simply trying to exercise their constitutionally protected rights.
Some excerpts from Hotze’s rant:
This law will enable Attorney General Ken Paxton to safeguard Texas against the potential upcoming judicial supremacy by the U.S. Supreme Court. The passage of HB 4105 now will enable Texas to defend against the potential of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, imposing homosexual marriage on Texas beginning the last week in June….
HB 4105 is a simple, two-page bill that affirms our existing Marriage Amendment in the Texas Constitution and also would defund any future homosexual marriages, which would be ‘mirages,’ because the concept is false. It’s a counterfeit. It’s a lie. This law will enable Attorney General Ken Paxton to safeguard Texas against the potential assertion of federal judicial supremacy over the marriage issue by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The passage of HB 4105 now will enable Texas to defend against a potential U.S. Supreme Court order, imposing homosexual ‘mirage’ on Texas.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
Let’s be bold and valiant, strong and courageous.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing!
Christians, rise up and defend our State Sovereignty and Biblical marriage!
Through God’s power, I am confident that we shall be victorious.
Hotze and other opponents of equality clearly are trying to make Texas the last bastion of discrimination in this country. But enough is enough. Click here to send a message directly to Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton and House Speaker Joe Straus that tells them: Texas should join the rest of the nation in embracing equality under law for everyone.