Texas Repubs Say Allowing Transgender Marriages Was a Terrible Oversight And They Promise Never To Do It Again
Republican state legislators are seeking to correct a historic mistake they say should never, ever have happened: Allowing Texans who are transgendered to marry, like they can in almost every other state in the union.
How this diabolical heresy first got passed is due to some language slipped into a massive bill at the end of the session by a Republican, Lois Kolkhorst of Brenham, who is now one of the sponsors of the bill to remove it and is not commenting on why.
Supporters say the new bill makes clear that in Texas marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman and gender is determined at birth; opponents of the change note this is the 21st Century.
"We want to be recognized as people. We want to have the same rights as all of you," Lisa Scheps of the Transgender Education Network of Texas said at a March hearing on Williams' bill. No one testified in favor of the legislation.
Among those who have been in Austin lobbying against the change: Nikki Araguz, the transgendered wife of a Wharton fireman who died fighting a blaze, leading to a messy battle over his benefits.
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