Building a State of Equality in Texas
April 17, 2013
Equality Texas is very pleased to report another win in the Texas Legislature!
Moments ago, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice advanced Senate Bill 538 by Senator José Rodríguez of El Paso on a committee vote of 5-0.
SB 538 would repeal §21.06 of the Penal Code, the Homosexual Conduct Law, which was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision. The bill would also amend the Health and Safety Code to delete the statement that "homosexual conduct is not an acceptable lifestyle and is a criminal offense under §21.06, Penal Code."
SB 538 is the first legislation ever filed in the Texas Senate to repeal the unenforceable §21.06 of the Penal Code. Identical legislation has been filed in the Texas House this session [HB 1701 by Farrar and HB 3232 by Coleman] and in every session since the Lawrence v. Texas decision.
Today's action is the first time the repeal legislation has ever been advanced by a Texas legislative committee subsequent to Lawrence v. Texas.
Equality Texas is diligently working to further advance this bill, as well as the 30 other bills and resolutions in our 2013 Legislative Agenda. This work is integral to our goal of Building a State of Equality in Texas.
We won't get it built overnight. It will require a multi-year effort of legislative advocacy, public education, and electoral successes.
It also won't get built without your financial support. We are a small staff of 4 employees and we rely almost entirely upon individual contributions from supporters like you. Please help us maintain this momentum by investing in our work, by investing in our state, and by investing in Equality Texas.
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Equality Texas advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
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