Target: Robert Stovall, Chair of the Bexar County Republican Party
Goal: End campaign to repeal anti-discrimination protections for people who aren’t heterosexual or part of the gender binary
The Republican Party of a Texas county will soon vote on a resolution to repeal San Antonio’s ordinance that prohibits the government from discriminating against people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. These much-needed protections should not be chipped away. Demand that the Republican Party officials abandon their vote.
Texas’ Bexar County Republican Party has announced plans to vote on a resolution aimed at the “repeal of our local governments’ pro-homosexual policies,” and threatening to vote out local politicians who refuse to repeal them. The “pro-homosexual” law the party is referring to is a local ordinance recently approved by San Antonio’s city council that protected people from discrimination by the local government due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This vote is based on the usual bigoted narratives of the Republican Party. The party states in its own words that “the Platform of the Republican Party of Texas declares homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nation’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.”
Clearly the nuances of “science” or “separation of church and state” are lost on these people. Sign the petition below to urge them to abandon their vote and their efforts to repeal such basic protections.
Dear Chairperson Stovall,
I am writing you today about the recent announcement your Bexar County Republican Party made regarding voting on a resolution to repeal a local ordinance protecting people of non-heterosexual orientation or non-binary gender identifications from discrimination. I urge you to abandon this vote immediately.
Much of what your party has said to justify your resolution is incredibly out of touch, irrelevant, or wrong. First, your party’s platform declaring that homosexuality is a choice is in contradiction to now-accepted scientific thought and is no basis for policy. Secondly, your saying that the majority of Texans would agree with a repeal is irrelevant, because the government’s job is to protect minorities from the will of the majority when necessary. Lastly, your contention that the ordinance is violating the religious rights of Christian Texans is just plain wrong—as long as your interpretation of Christianity does not involve actively discriminating against people, none of your rights are being infringed upon.
Your proposal to repeal this local anti-discrimination ordinance is regressive and hateful. Engaging in the vote would do nothing but show the country just how irrevocably out of the loop you and your political party are. That being said, it is in everyone’s best interest, including your own, to immediately abandon your vote.
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