Dallas Clarifies Equal Rights Protections, GOP Goes Berserk
On the same day that President Obama announced his endorsement of The Equality Act — a federal bill that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity — the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to clarify language in its equal rights ordinance to better protect the transgender community.
Gender identity protections have been part of the Dallas equal rights ordinance since it passed 13 years ago in 2002. Yet immediately after the uncontroversial passage of this clarifying language, the same fear mongering, baseless, transphobic “bathroom” lies that ultimately lead to the repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance resurfaced.
We know that the fight for LGBTQ equality is far from over in Texas. GOP lies aimed at discriminating against gay and transgender Texans must be stopped. As we saw in Houston, their dangerous rhetoric has real consequences.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a devout proponent of "local control," who invested and appeared in ads for the campaign to repeal the Houston ordinance, issued a statement "on Dallas Bathroom Ordinance” chalked full of the same, totally debunked lies.
Jonathan Saenz, the president of Texas Values, a man notorious for propagating bigoted lies in the name of discriminating against gay and transgender Texans, took to Twitter:
— Jonathan Saenz (@jonathansaenzTX) November 10, 2015
And while Dallas City Council members are pushing back:
Went through a year of public discussion and makes no change to the existing public policy of Dallas. Stop lying https://t.co/IIhFU0uVgK
— Philip Kingston (@PhilipTKingston) November 10, 2015
GOP State Senator Don Huffines also chimed in to further spread this dangerous lie, launching a digital action to repeal Dallas’ long-established law:
Houston voters soundly said NO to men in women’s bathrooms. Dallas’ new sneak-attack LGBT ordinance must be repealed & carefully reviewed.
— Don Huffines (@DonHuffines) November 10, 2015
Here are the facts: