Equality Texas Disputes Stickland Claim of Anti-Marriage Voting Record
AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 21, 2014) - In recent comments to the Texas Tribune, Luke Macias, spokesperson for State Representative Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), claims that Stickland "is one of the biggest advocates for traditional marriage in Texas. Jonathan believes marriage is between a man and woman and has a voting record to back it up."
Equality Texas, the state's largest organization working on issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Texas Legislature, disputes Stickland's claims of a voting record on marriage.
"The issue of marriage equality simply did not come up for a vote during Stickland's single term in the Legislature," said Equality Texas Legislative Specialist Daniel Williams. "It's bad enough to actually have an anti-marriage voting record, but to lie and claim to have one when none exists is truly bizarre."
Stickland was a co-author of Rep. Drew Springer's HB 1568 during the legislative session. Had it passed, as reported by committee, the bill would have enabled the Attorney General to immediately close any school district the AG felt was in violation of the State Constitution without an appeals process or any form of external review. The bill was filed in response to Pflugerville Independent School District's announcement that the district would offer health insurance benefits to the same-gender partners of school employees. Stickland did not vote on HB 1568 as it never reached the House floor.
"Perhaps if Rep. Stickland spent more time focusing on the actual work of the legislature and less time promoting pointless and unpopular personal biases, his staff might have a better understanding of his record," said Williams.