The Republican Party of Texas has put forth a platform rife with conservative atrocities, and there is no shortage of animus-driven anti-gay planks. It affirms that “the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society” and demands that “homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable ‘alternative’ lifestyle.” The platform strongly opposes not only marriage equality, but also the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would “coerce religion business owners and employees to violate their beliefs and principles by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.” Here is a sampling of the various anti-gay provisions:
HOMOSEXUALITY: We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.
EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT (ENDA): We oppose this act through which the federal government would coerce religious business owners and employees to violate their own beliefs and principles by affirming what they consider to be sinful and sexually immoral behavior.
FAMILY AND DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE: We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists.
It’s worth noting that the choice to emphasize “natural man” and “natural woman” is likely an attack on transgender people. In Texas, court decisions have created a patchwork of inconsistent laws, such that in some counties people who are trans can marry people of the opposite gender, but in others they can only marry people of the same gender (because the state only recognizes the sex identifier on their birth certificate). Last year, Texas Republicans unsuccessfully attempted to advance a bill that would have prevented the state from recognizing trans people’s identities when it comes to the right to marry. Clearly, “natural man” and “natural women” reflect this lingering anti-trans bias.
Last year, the Williams Institute used data from the U.S. Census to estimate that Texas has 46,401 same-sex households, and 20 percent of them — over 9,000 couples — are raising children. According to the state’s GOP, none of them are “families” and none of them deserve any protection under the law.