March 28, 2017
Editor-in-Chief, CRTX News
Last week, the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee in the Texas House of Representatives, held a hearing on House Bill 1663. This bill, authored by Houston Democrat Harold Dutton, would amend the Texas family code to remove references to gender specific terms such as “man,” “woman,” “husband,” and “wife” in order to codify and legitimize homosexual “marriages.”
The advocates of House Bill 1663 included many of the most notorious voices of the far-left, including the homosexual and transgender advocacy group “Equality Texas,” the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Texas Freedom Network, which seeks to end the free exercise of Christianity in the public square under the guise of “religious freedom.”
Harold Dutton, the author of House Bill 1663, is also the Chairman of the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee, appointed to that leadership role by Republican House Speaker Joe Straus. Yes, you read that correctly, our Republican Speaker, Joe Straus, is putting Democrats in charge of important committees. It goes without saying what Speaker Straus thinks of pro-family legislation and when he appoints a lawmaker who authors bills that are championed by the most virulent anti-family voices in America to chair a committee tasked with reviewing legislation concerning family issues in Texas.
While the far-left, including homosexual advocacy lobby groups and the ACLU, is able to have bills it supports (such as House Bill 1663) receive committee hearings in the Texas House, pro-life and pro-family groups are left out in the cold. The Texas House, under the leadership of Joe Straus and his handpicked committee chairmen, has yet to hold committee hearings on any priority legislation important to the leading pro-life and pro-family advocacy groups in Texas. This includes groups such as Texas Values and Texas Right to Life.
Conservative voters across Texas did not elect Republicans to the Texas House of Representatives to have them advance the homosexual agenda or the agenda of the ACLU. These voters expect their representatives to advance the pro-life and pro-family platform they ran under.
The Republican Party of Texas platform is collecting dust in the Texas House while the homosexual agenda continues to move forward.
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