Press Release: HB 1568, ‘Protecting Family Values in Education Act’
February 20, 2013


Februrary 20, 2013

AUSTIN, TX. — Today, Rep. Drew Springer filed HB 1568 to protect family values and the definition of marriage in the Texas Constitution.

In 2003, Texas passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage in the Constitution as the union of one man and one woman. This past fall, Pflugerville Independent School District became the first school district in the state to enact a policy in which same-sex domestic partners can acquire insurance benefits.

The policy in Pflugerville comes in direct conflict with the Texas Constitution, because Texas does not legally recognize domestic partners.

“Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships” said Springer. “To think Pflugerville has sued the state for more funding, while at the same time bankrolling a lifestyle most Texans do not agree with is quite disturbing to me.”

Chuck Smith, president of Equality Texas has stated that, “the school district’s actions may be impetus for other school districts to do the same”.

Springer’s HB 1568 eliminates the healthcare funding for any school districts  that offer insurance or other benefits to a person not a district employee or a spouse or child of a district employee.

“This bill is a clear message to every Texas school district, if they mess with the Texas Constitution, it will cost them, dearly,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values.

Over 25 members have signed onto HB 1568 at the time of filing, a good indication of its general support in the Texas House.

If you have any questions about this legislation, please feel free to contact him by email at any time at [email protected] for more information.


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