Equality Is On the Ups Nationwide
Since the Supreme Court shredded the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, the nation as a whole has been trending toward equality. There have been 61 victories for the freedom to marry since then - 45 in federal courts and 16 at the state level - and we think that’s not only a reason to celebrate, but a reason to believe it won’t be long for Texas, too.
There have been bits of progress rolling in for Texas. Yesterday, in an historic move, Fort Worth released a statement saying it would extend spousal benefits for city employees to all legally married, same-sex couples.
KVUE reported on the significance of the change:
“It has been a journey for the city, gaining back the trust of the LGBT community after the widely-publicized 2009 police raid on a gay bar, the Rainbow Lounge. Fort Worth police are even recruiting gay and lesbian officers now. In recent months, Fort Worth police officers have openly campaigned for acceptance of same-sex marriage.”
Fort Worth, along with Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Plano, San Antonio, Waco, Grand Prairie, and Lubbock all have varying degrees of non-discrimination ordinances in place that protect LGBTQ Texans from harmful and unnecessary discrimination. And if things keep moving like this, it’s only a matter of time before the will of Texas is legitimized.
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