Building a State of Equality in Texas
The Texas House this afternoon passed an amendment by Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth that would prohibit state universities from requiring that officially-recognized student organizations abide by the school’s non-discrimination policy.
The unofficial vote on the Krause amendment was close, with 78 voting in favor and 67 opposed. To see how your State Representative voted, please click here. If you don't know who represents you, look them up here.
If enacted, the amendment would allow officially-recognized student organizations who receive taxpayer funded support from a university to discriminate against a potential member based on race, religion, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression if any attribute of the student "demonstrates opposition to the organization's stated beliefs and purposes."
Equality Texas is appreciative of the bipartisan support of allies in opposition to the amendment - which included 13 Republicans.
The Krause amendment was one of 15 amendments added by the House to Senate Bill 215. It is likely that a conference committee will be needed to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of SB 215. Equality Texas will be actively engaged throughout that process working to strip the Krause amendment from the bill's final version.
We will keep you apprised of this process as it unfolds.
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