Texas Republicans Threaten Funding For Schools With Pro-LGBT Policies

Written by Zack Ford

Two Republican Texas lawmakers have filed bills that would cut funding for schools and universities that have policies supporting their LGBT students and staff.

Last fall, the Pflugerville School District announced it would be the first in Texas to offer domestic partner benefits to the same-sex partners of its teachers and staff. State Rep. Drew Springer (R) isn’t happy about this, and has filed a bill (HB 1568) to cut 7.5 percent of a district’s healthcare funding if it offers such benefits. In his press release introducing the legislation, Springer didn’t shy away from his intention of punishing Pflugerville for recognizing same-sex relationships:

SPRINGER: Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships. To think Pflugerville has sued the state for more funding, while at the same time bankrolling a lifestyle most Texans do not agree with is quite disturbing to me.

Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Krause (R), an attorney with the Liberty Counsel, has introduced HB 360, a bill not unlike one that just passed in Virginia that would cut funding for any university that does not allow its religious student groups to discriminate based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. Of course, these are groups that are using campus funding that all students pay into, and thus all students should have equal access. The bill claims that forcing religious groups to accept students who do not abide by their beliefs “violates the organization’s members” First Amendment rights” of free exercise of religion and freedom of association. Unfortunately, the First Amendment does not include “the right to receive university funding and recognition even while discriminating against university students.” Krause’s chief of staff explained the the bill is being redrafted to be more narrow, but its core legislation is offensive regardless.

These two bills suggest that for Texas Republicans, discriminating against LGBT people is more important than funding education. Nothing but animus can motivate such priorities.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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reece C.
reece C5 years ago

Texas, along with Arizona, are in panic. Both states have a majority of voters who collectively are powerful enough to "dispose" of the white tea bag minority who are attempting to pass so many discriminatory laws against gay, Latino, or African American citizens.
The white republicans have been aware for some time that if organized, and if allowed to vote, the populace of either of these states can clean out their respective legislatures of these bigots.
Trying to make government a religious endeavor, helps keep them in power. Unfair voting laws and openly bullying non whites through police harassment, or discrimination in schools, keeps the non white voter from the polls.
What we need to do, is organize the populace and get them out to vote in 2014. The polls have shown over and over again, that the republican governments do not represent the views or requirements of the voters.

stacey t.
Stacey Toda5 years ago

We are all supposed to be equal under the law. This is nothing more than discrimination.

Vicky P.
Vicky P5 years ago


Lauren Berrizbeitia

Yes, taking a position that all law biding American citizens should have equal rights and benefits should definitely be severely punished! I mean, what will become of us if discrimination and shaming of gender, religious, ethnic, racial, and sexuality differences is prohibited and people are actually respected? The end of America as we know it...

Shanti S.
S S5 years ago

Thank you.

Laura Jobe
Laura Jobe5 years ago

Texas Republicans are oppressive bullies!!! And, I live in Texas. Sometimes it is a nightmare.

Beverly T.
Beverly T5 years ago

Glad to see most of you folks call these "people" what they are, Republicans (or any version of the latter you choose), and not throw all Texans under the bus or into the fire.
The things these idiots (I'm being VERY polite) say and do embarrass me to no end and make me cringe in my heart that they can openly claim to "represent" Texas.
I and many others who live here are DEFINITELY NOT THEM !!! We have to live with this crap and we FIGHT this crap (again being polite) !!

Allan Yorkowitz
.5 years ago

Texas at heart will forever be just another deep South bastion of ignorance, and intolerance. Sometimes I think we should never have taken the land from Mexico.

pam w.
pam w5 years ago

Juanita...if your god ''so loves us''.....and if YOU are claiming to represent him here on earth....how DARE you judge the sexual orientation of others he allegedly created?

Careful, Juanita....you're living in a glass house.....

Mark Alan Dellavecchia

I am so looking forward to the South seceding from the Union, again. There will be no bloody civil war this time. Though, I anticipate a party in the remaining United States.