by Clifton Stuckey

The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, and Section 3 of our Texas Constitution’s Bill of Rights both guarantee that all citizens are to be treated as equals under the law. This simple and elegant idea is a cornerstone of our free society and must be protected to ensure our personal freedoms.

While Secular Texas is a strong supporter of the rights of individuals to freedom of conscience and freedom of worship, those freedoms do not extend to the point of infringing on the Constitutionally guaranteed equal treatment of others under the law. All Texans are free to hold their own personal view of what defines a marriage. However, if the Texas government is to involve itself in marriage, as a legal institution, it must do so within the confines that the United States Constitution and the Texas Bill of Rights allows, treating all Texans as equals and extending equal protections to all under the law.

Broadening the legal definition of marriage does nothing to infringe on the rights of Texans to worship or believe as they see fit, nor their right to define marriage according to their personal beliefs. Our shared state government is not a tool to be used, not even by a majority of Texans, to deny equal protections and equal treatment under the law to our fellow citizens.

Secular Texas calls on Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton to end their war on the equal treatment of LGBTQ Texans under the law and uphold the promises of both the Texas Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States.

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