Legislation 2015

2015: 84th Regular Session

140daysThe 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. The 31 members of the Texas Senate and the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives will consider legislation that directly impacts the lives of 26 million Texans. Throughout the 84th legislative session, Equality Texas will aggressively advocate and lobby for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

When the Texas Legislature is in session, our Legislative Information Center provides important information about Equality Texas’ current legislative work. This includes: information on bills in our legislative agenda, information on other bills we are monitoring, committee assignments and status of bills, and any action alerts/calls to action on specific bills. We invite you to review the information herein and sign up for our action alerts so that you may play an active role in supporting equal rights for all Texans.

Opposed Legislation

Constitutional License to Discriminate Legislation

Statutory License to Discriminate Legislation

Attack of Local Control Over Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Anti-Marriage Legislation

Bathroom Criminalization

Withholding ERISA benefits from same-gender spouses

Supported Legislation

Supplementary Birth Certificates

Equalizing access to the “Romeo & Juliet” Defense

Repealing the Unconstitutional Prohibition on “Homosexual Conduct”

Non-Discrimination

Freedom to Marry

Gender Markers

Hate Crimes

UT and Texas A&M “+1”

Recognition of Legal Married Name by DPS

“+1” Benefit Program for State Employees

Conversion Therapy

Gestational Agreements

Voter ID

Equal Pay

Youth Homelessness Study

Formerly Opposed Legislation (concerns have been resolved)

Pastor’s Protection Bill