Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer LGBT people in Texas face legal and social challenges and discrimination not faced by other people. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in the state. On June 26, , the Supreme Court of the United States ruled bans on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional in Obergefell v. Texas has a hate crime statute that strengthens penalties for certain crimes motivated by a victim's sexual orientation, although it has never been invoked.
House approves Equality Act, sweeping bill to expand gay rights
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The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states. But it has been a long and bumpy road for gay rights proponents, who are still advocating for employment, housing and transgender rights. During his U. Police raids caused the group to disband in —but 90 years later, the U. Homosexual prisoners at the concentration camp at Sachsenhausen, Germany, wearing pink triangles on their uniforms on December 19,
House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights
Key bill, which amends Civil Rights Act, passes but faces uncertain future in evenly divided Senate. The Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in addition to race, religion, sex and national origin. The key civil rights bill passed in a vote of to , with three Republicans breaking with their party to joining all Democrats in supporting the legislation. But the bill faces an uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate, where Democrats will need 60 votes to break a filibuster on the legislation. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people often encounter prejudice in housing, credit, jury service and public spaces, as only 22 states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The debate has laid bare the ideological battle between liberals who support the act and conservatives who say it infringes on religious freedom. The Equality Act expands on the Civil Rights Act to include protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The act would also federally codify into law the June Supreme Court ruling that said employers who fire workers for being gay or transgender are violating civil rights law.