Target: Texas State Representative Molly White
Goal: Don’t refuse to meet with LGBT constituents because of religious ideologies.
A Texas LGBT rights activist was turned away from a meeting with his state representative, Molly White, because White “is against anything LGBT.” This is nothing but cowardice on the part of Representative White, whose entire job as a representative is to represent the interests of all her constituents. Demand that Representative White end this farce and let her constituents meet with her even if she disagrees with their views.
Representative Molly White is a conservative Republican who has introduced a number of anti-LGBT bills into the state’s legislature, including one that would make the state’s same-sex marriage ban immune from court overturns and another that would give businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT people on the grounds of religious freedom. Naturally, these proposals have raised concern among some of her pro-LGBT constituents.
Frank Carlson of Equality Texas, the state’s largest LGBT rights group, had successfully scheduled a meeting with Representative White—one of his own state congressional representatives—to discuss her stance on these issues, but was turned away when her office learned that he was associated with the LGBT organization. Telling Carlson that White was “against anything LGBT” and that discussing the issue “would be a waste of time,” the representative’s office instructed him to “drop off your literature and leave” and to go “meet with individuals who share [your] viewpoint” instead.
Congresspeople are tasked with representing all of their constituents, not just those they agree with or those who voted them into office. Representative White’s refusal to meet with LGBT rights advocates shows that she has no desire to fulfill her duties. Sign the petition below to demand that she begin to meet with any of her constituents who wish to speak with her, even if she disagrees with their views.
Dear Representative White,
I am writing you today regarding your office’s recent refusal to allow an LGBT rights activist to meet with you. While it is not technically illegal for government representatives to not meet with their constituents, it should be by no means construed as appropriate.
When you were elected as a representative, you took on the responsibility of representing all of your constituents, not just those who voted for you, or those whose views you agree with. You are their voice in their legislature, and as such you owe it to all who wish to speak with you to meet with them and hear them out, even if your own views diverge from theirs. I would hope that you would take this responsibility seriously, but apparently that was too much to ask.
Every person deserves a voice in their government, and it is your duty to facilitate that. I demand that you do what you were elected to do and meet with your constituents even if you don’t agree with their views.
[Your Name Here]
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