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Texas House Passes Amendment Allowing Student Clubs at Universities to Discriminate Against Gays

The Texas House yesterday passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Matt Krause prohibiting universities from mandating that officially recognized student organizations adhere to the school's non-discrimination policies, Equality Texas reports:

KrauseIf enacted, the amendment would allow officially-recognized student organizations who receive taxpayer funded support from a university to discriminate against a potential member based on race, religion, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, gender, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression if any attribute of the student "demonstrates opposition to the organization's stated beliefs and purposes."

Equality Texas is appreciative of the bipartisan support of allies in opposition to the amendment - which included 13 Republicans.

The Krause amendment was one of 15 amendments added by the House to Senate Bill 215. It is likely that a conference committee will be needed to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of SB 215. Equality Texas will be actively engaged throughout that process working to strip the Krause amendment from the bill's final version.

You can read the amendment HERE.

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  1. Matt Krause = turd.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 16, 2013 10:31:17 AM


  2. You can bet the ranch that this bill will become law here in the Great Bigoted State of Texas thanks to the right wing homophobic GOPer machine that runs state government.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | May 16, 2013 10:34:04 AM


  3. It's barely been TWO YEARS since Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. TWO YEARS. These people's lack of awareness of how the legal system works should be a bar from them being allowed to hold public office.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Legal_Society_v._Martinez

    Posted by: Mike8787 | May 16, 2013 10:34:52 AM


  4. Umm change the end of your headline to "discriminate against everyone".

    Posted by: Cyberman | May 16, 2013 10:36:33 AM


  5. Umm change the end of your headline to "discriminate against everyone".

    Posted by: Cyberman | May 16, 2013 10:36:34 AM


  6. Wow, I'm totally confused. Who is the gay boy in the picture???

    btw, these "laws" passed by the religious reich ALWAYS backfires. This will allow any club to discriminate against anyone.

    Posted by: Michael | May 16, 2013 10:47:51 AM


  7. This is illegal, uncivilized, and anti-American.

    Posted by: RMc | May 16, 2013 10:56:56 AM


  8. I know it's Texas, but I am actually stunned by this.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 16, 2013 11:00:53 AM


  9. Ugh. Disgusting.

    At least reasonable people will be able to discriminate against religious people if this passes.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 16, 2013 11:02:44 AM


  10. Tea Party-backed bill to allow student groups to "discriminate against everyone" more like.

    Posted by: Carlie | May 16, 2013 11:23:22 AM


  11. Tea Party-backed bill to allow student groups to "discriminate against everyone" more like.

    Posted by: Carlie | May 16, 2013 11:24:48 AM


  12. "It's barely been TWO YEARS since Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. TWO YEARS. These people's lack of awareness of how the legal system works should be a bar from them being allowed to hold public office."

    Hear hear, Mike8787.

    An appalling waste of state taxpayers' money.

    Posted by: ESA | May 16, 2013 11:30:33 AM


  13. What needs to happen is for some Texas university group actually composed of intelligent people - there has to be a few - to deliberately exclude someone to create a test case. So, the UT Austin Math and Physics Society could exclude an African American, because, well, they can, and he or she would file suit. That would force the State Courts in Texas to confront the inanity of this.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 16, 2013 11:35:17 AM


  14. Will the ACLU have anything to say about this bill and fight it in court if fully enacted into law?

    Posted by: Keith | May 16, 2013 11:35:33 AM


  15. Texas, Texas, Texas!

    Posted by: Jack M | May 16, 2013 11:36:03 AM


  16. BTW this turd is a graduate of "Liberty" "University" law school.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 16, 2013 11:37:03 AM


  17. Wow. Even for Texas this is scary.
    Not just 'let me discriminate' but 'let me discriminate with state sanction and with public funds'. He's a lawyer. Makes me wonder if he knows the difference or does and just doesn't care.

    Krause
    Law degree from Liberty University. (Teaching from a Christian world view)

    'On Easter Sunday, 1987, Matt made what he calls the most important decision of his life. It was on that day that he gave his life to Christ, and has tried his best to live a life worthy of his Savior ever since.'

    Gotta love that ... a life worthy of Christ.

    Jesus would call BS.

    Posted by: JONES | May 16, 2013 12:17:52 PM


  18. Why is it that the closet cases are the one to pass these laws. They are in such fear of someone finding out that they're gay, they put forth these hateful laws to advert from themselves what they truly are. And this guy is a closet case!

    Posted by: Randy | May 16, 2013 12:23:27 PM


  19. Wow, it's like Texas is actively trying to turn back time.

    Posted by: db | May 16, 2013 12:32:19 PM


  20. The law would clearly be unconstitutional for the same reason Colorado's Amendment 2 was unconstitutional: "It identifies persons by a single trait and then denies them protection... The... disqualification of a class of persons from the right to seek specific protection from the law is unprecedented in our jurisprudence."

    Posted by: jimstoic | May 16, 2013 12:43:43 PM


  21. what a profoundly glorious waste of time and energy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 16, 2013 12:48:22 PM


  22. Just when I thought I couldn't loathe Texas any more...

    Posted by: Markles | May 16, 2013 12:53:46 PM


  23. And the Texas state house passed it. Wish I ran a school group in tx, I'd ban all christians from joining.

    Posted by: Jersey | May 16, 2013 12:55:51 PM


  24. ....... did anyone see the documentary on school textbook production in texas, "The Revisionaries"?

    if not, view immediately.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 16, 2013 1:02:07 PM


  25. 'Bias is primarily accomplished by exclusion. . . . Such a bias is much harder to observe than a positive vilification or direct criticism, but it is the essence of censorship.'

    This from Krause's website 'WallBuilders', about their approach to teaching history.

    Where's that 'essence of censorship' stance in your amendment Matt?
    No opposing views, no dissenting voices allowed because ... religion.

    Yeah? Afraid of a little scrutiny?

    If somebody challenging your world view is such a detriment to it that you have to protect it by legal bias then maybe there's something a bit off with it, eh?

    Posted by: JONES | May 16, 2013 1:07:34 PM


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