- June 29, 2015
Today, HRC called out Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for calling the Supreme Court’s ruling “a lawless decision.”
“The Supreme Court is responsible for interpreting and applying the constitution of the United States,” Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the historic case, explained on MSNBC this morning. “And that constitution guarantees equal rights to all citizens and for any elected or public official to say, ‘We are not bound by that…’ that’s inexcusable.”
Attorney General Paxton is not the only elected official in Texas to stand against the LGBT community. This year, Texas legislators filed at least 23 bills promoting and in some cases requiring discrimination against LGBT people and their families. The bills included measures that would have allowed the use of religion to discriminate, swept away local anti-discrimination protections, and turned transgender people into criminals for using public restrooms.
“We’re actually talking to you from Texas, from Austin, Texas,” HRC President Chad Griffin told CNN. “This is a state where there are no statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT folks…. A couple could get married at 10 a.m., they can be fired by noon, and they could be evicted by their home by 2 p.m.”
Additionally, HRC held a press conference this morning in Austin, Texas, about much needed non-discrimination protections for LGBT Texans and the local impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. Texas marriage-equality plaintiffs Nicole and Cleo DeLeon, and Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes and members of Equality Texas, Texas Freedom Network and ACLU of Texas joined Griffin and Obergefell to speak about the road ahead.
Left to right: Chuck Smith from Equality Texas, Jim Obergefell, Kathy Miller from Texas Freedom Network, Rebecca Robertson from ACLU Texas.
Rep. Celia Israel
Texas Freedom Network staff with Jim Obergefell and Chad Griffin.
Jim Obergefell with the Texas marriage plaintiffs.