02 April 2015

Texas Gays Won't Know What Will Hit Them

Texas Laws
When the dust settles in Texas, the LGBT community won’t know what hit them first. There were about 21 freedom of expression and religious rights bills pending right now that are just waiting for the right moment to be enacted into laws.

As usual, LGBT supporters, meagre as they are right now, are very loud in their belief that none of these measures will pass because it is "bad for business in Texas." They even quoted the Texas Association of Business (TAB) which opposed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Acts" (RFRAs) because, in its statement, "this will certainly make our state look very much unwelcoming when it comes to business recruitment."

Let the LGBT think this way. Let them think that no law will be passed that will curtail their despicable lifestyle. Let them lower their guards, while we work slowly and deliberately to uphold the will of the majority who voted in the elections.

After the popular RFRA was passed in Indiana, Texas lawmakers are laying the same ground work. Several ways were develop and drafted to opt out of recognizing legal same-sex marriages, such as the “Bathroom Bills” that prevent protect straight men and women from possible sexual innuendos by transgender people who defied their biological make-up just to act out their imagination.

As reported by the Texas Observer, lawmakers in the state that gave the country Rick Perry and George W. Bush have proposed over twenty anti-LGBT laws this legislative session. This batch of bills ranges from the most appropriate to the health protection.

For instance, all four of the usual proposals: an enhanced RFRA (Texas has had a regular RFRA since 1999), Bathroom Bill, Marriage Refusal, and Trans Bans are all being considered nationwide. This is not a coincidence, since, notwithstanding the “states rights” rhetoric, these laws are usually written by popular lawmakers who were voted by majority of the population. The bills also receive substantial support from prominent organizations like the Alliance Defending Freedom, whose credits include California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

There are also bigger issue that is being tackled in Texas, such as changes in the foundations of the law. For instance, two of the twenty anti-gay proposals are constitutional amendments that would basically put Texas’s RFRA on steroids. Most RFRAs have the same formula: government may not "substantially burden" religious exercise without a compelling state interest. But Texas SJR 10 and HJR 55 would remove "substantially" to prevent any gay interpretation of the law.