Building Strong Families
Building Strong Families

In Texas, we believe in the strength and dignity of all families. Every family deserves respect and support, and those who receive it are better positioned to thrive.

  • All Texas families, including those with lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender family members, need the same protections, access to accurate identity documents, the ability to insure and protect their loved ones, and access to care for each other when they are sick.
  • Texas law allows people assigned a gender at birth that does not reflect their true gender to legally change their recognized gender. However, the process for doing so is not clearly laid out in statute. This has resulted in a patchwork of different processes and precedents across the state. In order to ensure that all Texans can be assured fair treatment by the courts, Texas should provide a standard process for modification or reissuance of identity documents.
  • For families raising children—one of the most fulfilling and also difficult jobs in the world—government should not make their lives more difficult. We support removing roadblocks that make parenting harder and life more difficult for LGBT families. We oppose broad restrictions against entire categories of potential custodial or permanent parents that hamper efforts to act in the best interest of each child.
  • Texas statutes that have been declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court should be repealed from the books so that the written law reflects both constitutional reality and actual practice. Texas should repeal all references to “Homosexual Conduct” that were declared unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas, and should repeal all restrictions on marriage that were declared unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Hodges. Texas should also affirmatively amend statutes to reflect and address marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships.
  • The human right to healthcare means that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services. Hospitals, clinics, medicines, and doctor’s services must be accessible, available, acceptable, and of good quality for everyone on an equitable basis. Texas should:
    • Expand delivery of culturally competent healthcare to LGBTQ populations.
    • Increase access to, and funding for, HIV treatment and prevention including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) prevention efforts.
    • Support suicide prevention, including efforts to reduce LGBTQ suicidality rates.
      Equality Texas is committed to building strong Texas families, including those with LGBT family members.

Equality Texas is committed to building strong Texas families, including those with LGBT family members.


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Supported Legislation
HB 192
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Bernal | Arevalo | Reynolds
Status: 5/6/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Prohibiting discrimination in housing. Read Text of Bill
HB 573
Introduced: 12/12/16
Authors: Thompson, Senfronia | Reynolds
Status: 3/1/17 Referred to State Affairs
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it, plus post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. Companion: SB 251 Read Text of Bill
HB 1663
Introduced: 2/8/17
Authors: Dutton
Status: 3/22/17 Left pending in committee - Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
Providing post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. Read Text of Bill
HB 4124
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Rodriguez, Eddie
Status: 3/31/17 Referred to Human Services
Providing for a foster children’s bill of rights. Read Text of Bill
HB 4246
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Arevalo
Status: 4/3/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in rights of the elderly. Read Text of Bill
SB 157
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Hinojosa | Rodriguez
Status: 1/25/17 Referred to State Affairs
Making changes to statute reflecting legalization of the freedom to marry. Read Text of Bill
SB 166
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Rodriguez | Garcia | Whitmire
Status: 1/25/17 Referred to Criminal Justice
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it. Companions: HB 96 and HB 1848 Read Text of Bill
SB 236
Introduced: 11/16/16
Authors: Menendez
Status: 1/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it. Read Text of Bill
SB 251
Introduced: 11/21/16
Authors: Rodriguez
Status: 1/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it, plus post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. Companion: HB 573 Read Text of Bill
SB 911
Introduced: 2/15/17
Authors: Huffman
Status: 5/18/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Providing that the form for a marriage license list the county of issuance, but may not list the name of the county clerk. Read Text of Bill
SB 1341
Introduced: 3/6/17
Authors: Garcia | Rodriguez
Status: 3/14/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents. Companion: HB 4101 Read Text of Bill
SJR 16
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Rodriguez | Garcia | Hinojosa | Whitmire
Status: 1/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Constitutional amendment to repeal the unconstitutional restrictions on the freedom to marry Read Text of Bill
Opposed Legislation
SB 91
Introduced: 7/19/2017
Authors: Kolkhorst
Status: 7/21/2017: Left pending in committee - Senate State Affairs Committee
"Bathroom bill" - prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill
SB 3
Introduced: 7/19/2017
Authors: Kolkhorst
Status: 7/27/2017: House received from the Senate
"Bathroom bill" - prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill
SB 23
Introduced: 7/10/2017
Authors: Hall
Status: Filed
Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Read Text of Bill
HB 50
Introduced: 7/10/2017
Authors: Simmons
Status: 7/20/2017: Referred to House State Affairs Committee
"Bathroom bill" vehicle: Statewide preemption bill prohibiting any school district board of trustees from protecting a class of persons from discrimination with regard to accessing multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities. Take Action Read Text of Bill
HB 46
Introduced: 7/10/2017
Authors: Simmons
Status: 7/20/2017: Referred to House State Affairs Committee
"Bathroom bill" vehicle: Statewide preemption bill prohibiting any political subdivision of the state from protecting a class of persons from discrimination with regard to accessing multiple-occupancy restrooms, showers, or changing facilities. Take Action Read Text of Bill
SB 2095
Introduced: 3/10/2017
Authors: Hall
Status: 5/18/17: Left pending in committee - House Public Education
Relating to regulation of steroid use by students participating in athletic competitions sponsored or sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League. Read Text of Bill
HB 4097
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Cain
Status: 4/3/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Companion: SB 92 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2899
Introduced: 3/6/17
Authors: Simmons
Status: 4/19/17: Left pending in committee - House State Affairs
Committee Substitute: House version of bathroom bill. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 2096
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Hall
Status: 3/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing the providers of psychological & counseling services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 3856 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 1536
Introduced: 3/8/17
Authors: Campbell
Status: 3/21/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing the providers of child welfare services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 3859
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Frank
Status: 5/22/17: Passed by the Senate
Providing the providers of child welfare services the ability to discriminate and refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 3856
Introduced: 3/10/17
Authors: Rinaldi
Status: 3/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing the providers of psychological & counseling services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 2096 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 3571
Introduced: 3/9/17
Authors: Oliverson
Status: 3/30/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing a religious exemption from any civil action claiming discrimination, or violation of a municipal ordinance for discrimination, based on any characteristic other than race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2878
Introduced: 3/3/17
Authors: Sanford
Status: 3/29/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing health care professionals the right to refuse to treat patients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2876
Introduced: 3/5/17
Authors: Sanford
Status: 3/29/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing wedding industry professionals and employees the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2795
Introduced: 3/3/17
Authors: Lang
Status: 3/30/17 Referred to County Affairs
Providing county clerks and deputy county clerks the ability to decline to provide a marriage license if doing so conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 2779
Introduced: 3/2/17
Authors: Schaefer
Status: 3/27/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing broad-based ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applies to adoption & foster care, employment, housing, marriage-related licensing, ceremonies, and services; sex reassignment, psychological, counseling & fertility services; sex-based dress, grooming, & bathroom access; licensing & accreditation. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 893
Introduced: 2/14/17
Authors: Hughes
Status: 2/28/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing individuals and businesses the ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with the individual’s or businesses sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 1923 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 892
Introduced: 2/14/17
Authors: Perry
Status: 4/19/17 Left pending in committee - Senate Health & Human Services
Providing child welfare service providers the ability to decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services if it conflicts with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 3859 Take Action Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 651
Introduced: 1/27/17
Authors: Perry | Birdwell | Hughes
Status: 2/14/17 Referred to Business & Commerce
Redefines and expands the definition of religious expression, and limits the enforcement of rules, regulations, and policies of state agencies that regulate business, occupation or professional licensing. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 522
Introduced: 1/19/17
Authors: Birdwell
Status: 5/20/17: Committee report sent to Calendars
Allowing county clerks to pass off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: HB 1813 Take Action Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 92
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Hall
Status: 1/24/17 Referred to Business & Commerce
Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Companion: HB 4097 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
SB 89
Introduced: 11/14/16
Authors: Hall
Status: 1/24/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing for the state of Texas to refuse to enforce any federal law deemed to violate the Texas Constitution. Read Text of Bill
SB 6
Introduced: 1/5/17
Authors: Kolkhorst
Status: 3/16/17 House received from the Senate
Prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1923
Introduced: 2/15/17
Authors: Krause
Status: 3/13/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing individuals and businesses the ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with the individual’s or businesses sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 893 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1813
Introduced: 2/13/17
Authors: Flynn
Status: 05/03/2017: Left pending in committee - House State Affairs
Allowing county clerks to pass off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 522 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1805
Introduced: 2/13/17
Authors: Sanford
Status: 3/22/17 Referred to State Affairs
Providing child welfare service providers the ability to decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services if it conflicts with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Companion: SB 892 Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 1362
Introduced: 1/30/17
Authors: Shaheen
Status: 2/27/17 Referred to State Affairs
Prohibiting public schools from implementing policies that would allow transgender Texans to use restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief
HB 428
Introduced: 11/21/16
Authors: King, Phil | Phillips | Sanford | Murphy
Status: 2/21/17 Referred to Higher Education
Providing religious student organizations an exemption from nondiscrimination policies of public institutions of higher education if such policies do not conform to the student organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read Text of Bill Read Issue Brief