Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Warns Texas Legislature Against Passing Anti-LGBT LawsBy Adam Polaski • August 9, 2016 • 4:31 pm
This month in The Houston Chronicle, the editorial board published an op-ed strongly warning lawmakers in Texas against introducing or passing legislation targeting the LGBT community.
In the piece, the editorial board writes,”North Carolina is reaping fallout to its anti-LGBT law. It’s a warning for Texas,” referencing the extreme backlash North Carolina faced after passing House Bill 2, which knocks down local protections for LGBT people and then limits access to restrooms and sex-segregated spaces for transgender people. Since the bill was signed into law – after being pushed through from introduction to signature all in less than 10 hours – the state has lost hundreds of millions of dollars, including many canceled concerts, businesses like Paypal and Deutsche Bank canceling expansions, and the NBA relocating the 2017 All-Star Game, which was supposed to be held in Charlotte.
Our country has only a limited number of cities capable of hosting Super Bowls, but if all other factors are pretty much equal it’s easy to see how a reputation for intolerance in Texas could cast Houston’s bids into the trash heap. If somebody in our state capitol introduces a so-called “bathroom bill” during the next session of the Texas Legislature – a prospect that seems almost inevitable – we hope the legislation dies the death it deserves. It’s not just morally wrong, it’s bad policy that’s bad for business. … Just look at what happened in North Carolina. And don’t say we haven’t been warned.
There’s no getting around it – anti-LGBT legislation is bad for business, and when states continue to push shameful, discriminatory laws, they not only inflict pain on the LGBT community, but they also punish all other citizens of the state.
The Texas legislature reconvenes in early 2017 for its first legislative session since May 2015. At that time, lawmakers would be wise to refrain from introducing or advancing any anti-LGBT bills.