Anti-LGBT Language in Platform a Threat to Texas Families
"Instead of dealing with inequalities, the Texas Republican leadership chose to set their sights on real Texas families by making their party's platform a piece of anti-LGBT propaganda," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "The Texas Republican party is out of touch with the majority of Republicans, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, when it comes to treating LGBT Americans with dignity and respect. RNC Chairman Michael Steele should join us in condemning the Texas State Platform."
Texas has failed to meet benchmark measures to protect LGBT citizens, including: employment protections, hospital visitation rights, protection in housing, joint-adoption, and relationship recognition. In 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas' anti-sodomy laws. The 2010 State Republican Party Platform advocates violating this decision and puts Texas even further behind the times.
The outrageous platform doesn't stop with attacking LGBT citizens. It also calls for: Congress to evict the United Nations from the United States, opposing legislation allowing stem cell research, reversing Roe v. Wade, prohibiting more than three years of bilingual education for students, and repealing the No Child Left Behind law and eliminating the U.S. Department of Education.
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