During the 83rd Legislature, LGBTQ rights bills were for the first time brought in front of committees for consideration, and approved in both the House and Senate. This was a small but important step. The 84th Legislature is in a position to ensure that LGBTQ Texans are treated as equals under the law, a right guaranteed by Section 3 of the Texas Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

Additionally, Texas law provides protections to groups based on immutable characteristics, such as race, gender and religious affiliation. Sexual orientation and gender identity need to be added to this list of protected immutable characteristics.

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