Currently under Texas law, it is legal for minors to engage in sexual relationships with somebody within three years of their own age... as long as the person is of the opposite sex. This law makes it a criminal act for a homosexual minor to engage in a sexual relationship.

HB 71, authored by Mary Gonzalez, would put an end to this unnecessary discrimination. This differential treatment of homosexual minors in Texas serves no secular purpose. The law is also likely unenforceable under the United States Supreme Court finding of Lawrence v. Texas, and as such is not only unnecessary but creates confusion within the legal code.

Removing this bigoted law from the books can serve as a gesture to the LGBTQ community in Texas, acknowledging that LGBTQ Texans are valuable members of our communities and will be treated equally under the law, as is required by Section 3 of the Texas Constitution's Bill of Rights.

Please take action to encourage the Texas Legislature to put an end to this law. HB 71 has been approved favorably out of committee and it is now up to the Calendars committee to schedule a hearing and vote for the House floor. The Calendars committee is a gatekeeper for what is brought to the floor. Many good bills die at this stage, never being scheduled for a floor hearing. Please help by emailing the Calendars committee to let them know you want to see this bill move forward.

Example Letter

I am a registered voter in Texas and a member of Secular Texas. We would like to encourage the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 71 for a floor vote.

Under current Texas law, homosexual minors are treated differently than their heterosexual peers. This differential treatment of homosexual minors in Texas is an unnecessary discrimination and serves no secular purpose. The law is also likely unenforceable under the United States Supreme Court finding of Lawrence v. Texas, and as such is not only unnecessary but creates confusion within the legal code.

However, removing this law from the books can serve as a gesture to the LGBTQ community in Texas, acknowledging that LGBTQ Texans are valuable members of our communities and will be treated equally under the law, as is required by Section 3 of the Texas Constitution's Bill of Rights.

Contact the Texas House of Representatives Calendars Committee

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