Moments ago, a majority of the more than the 20 pieces of anti-LGBT legislation before the Texas Legislature failed to be considered by the House as time ran out at the stroke of midnightThursday.
Most importantly, the House failed to hear HB4105, which is now dead for the session. HB4105 was Rep. Cecil Bell’s last-ditch effort to shamefully try to stop marriage equality in Texas as the Supreme Court considers a case that could lead to nationwide marriage equality.
HB4105 attempted to prohibit state or local employees from recognizing, granting, or enforcing a same-sex marriage license or any funds being used for an activity to license or support these marriages but with the clock running out at midnight it can no longer be considered by the House of Representatives.
Yesterday, the House passed SB206/HB2433 after Rep. Sanford pulled his discriminatory amendment, which would have added anti-LGBT language regarding adoption to an important child welfare bill. HRC worked with child welfare organizations and distributed a letter from them opposing this harmful amendment. This amendment could still come up in the future and we will monitor any desperate attempts by Rep. Sanford to pass his hateful bill.
We congratulate and thank our partner organizations in Texas, which worked for months to oppose these bills. We are proud to continue to work alongside Texas Freedom Network, ACLU of Texas, and Equality Texas in coalition this legislative session. The session is not over yet and our work will continue until every single piece of discriminatory legislation is finally dead in Texas.
Since the beginning of the legislative session in Austin, HRC supporters in Texas have generated over 40,000 emails or phone calls to state lawmakers. HRC also worked to mobilize corporate supporters of equality.
While we celebrate this victory tonight, the Texas legislative session is not over yet and later this morning we will be back in the Capitol working to defeat any last minute attempts to legislate hate in Texas.