I have been a Democrat my entire life (my mama taught me right), but I have never been more proud of that affiliation than I was this week.
Texas Republicans are engaged in a no holds barred fight against LGBT Texans and were poised to pass some of the most vindictive, vile, hate-filled and anti-gay legislation this nation has ever seen. Among the more than 20 anti-gay bills introduced was HB 4105 which would bar state and local employees from issuing, enforcing or recognizing same-sex marriage licenses-and prohibit public monies from being used to do so-regardless of any court order, i.e. the Supreme Court. In a way, the bill goes after the little guy like county clerks.
Midnight Thursday was the last day for lawmakers to vote bills out of the chamber in which they were introduced. That's when the Democrats went to work. Outnumbered nearly 2-1, our LGBT allies pulled out all the stops to prevent HB 4105 from getting a vote. They bled the clock to midnight, employing every stall tactic at their disposal.
Noncontroversial bills scheduled for debate before the anti-gay proposal saw lengthy debates in an exercise called "chubbing." "If you've never seen lawmakers chub before, Democrats in the House are offering a textbook illustration tonight," Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, one of the leading groups opposing the bill, told BuzzFeed News.
"As each of their bills comes up, no matter how noncontroversial, they're coming to the mic to thank the author for offering such brilliant legislation, ask all kinds of questions, and generally use up every single minute available for debate on the bill," Quinn explained. "They're determined not to let the marriage bill come up for a vote. It's boring to watch, but you have to admire them. "
Texans from all walks of life owe the House Democrats a great big "thank you" for preventing their Republican colleagues from turning the Lone Star state into another Indiana or Arkansas. At least for now, as the GOP lawmakers have pledged to continue the fight against marriage equality.
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