Radical LGBT Group Praises Texas Republicans for Opposing Gov. Abbott

July 25, 2017

A radical lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization is openly praising some Republicans in the Texas House for opposing privacy legislation that would help keep men out of women’s showers, changing rooms, and bathrooms.

Recently on Twitter, Equality Texas has been cheering Republicans that are standing against Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and the Republican Party of Texas Platform that calls for the passage of privacy legislation.

Equality Texas openly supports “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) legislation at the local and state level that would open up every female public shower, changing room, and bathroom to men and would force these policies on all private businesses. The organization also predominately supports Democrats that promote these radical policies, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Unsurprisingly, given his work to kill popular privacy legislation in the regular session, House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) was the first House Republican to receive the group’s public praise. Their support specifically highlights Straus’ recent public statement implying that Gov. Abbott was an “extremist” for calling for the Texas Legislature to pass common-sense privacy legislation in the special session.

Another Republican that was publicly honored by the state’s leading homosexual activist group was Rep. Ken King (R-Canadian). Rep. King is a member of the House State Affairs Committee that, under the leadership of Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), killed the House version of privacy legislation by refusing to even pass the bill out of committee in the regular session. The legislation had 80 co-authors in the House – more than enough for passage had the bill made it to the House floor.

Equality Texas’ praise for Rep. King referenced a recent article from the Canadian Record where he attacked Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick on the issue.

While not yet praised by Equality Texas, Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) is sure to quickly join their list of favorite Republicans. Last week, Rep. Darby told a panel in Austin that he hopes privacy legislation does not pass the Texas House in the special session. After being reminded that the legislation had near unanimous support among Republicans, Rep. Darby twice reiterated his opposition to the legislation.

Despite a tiny minority of Republicans that seem supportive of allowing men into women’s showers, changing rooms, and bathrooms – an overwhelming majority of Texans, including almost every Republican in the Texas Legislature, continue to support common sense legislation protecting privacy. The Texas Senate has already passed SB 3 (the new Senate version of the Texas Privacy Act) out of committee in a bipartisan fashion, and the legislation looks to pass the full Texas Senate with every Senate Republican, once again, voting in favor.

All eyes will once again be on the Texas House. Will Republicans in the Texas House heed the call of Gov. Abbott and listen to their constituents that are demanding the privacy, safety and dignity of our women and children be protected? Or will they give in to the small, but powerful, minority of Republicans under the leadership of Speaker Straus that seem to value the praise of the radical LGBT lobby over their own voters?

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