BREAKING: Rep. Christian plans amendments aimed at eliminating LGBT resource centers

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, has filed two amendments to a bill that’s on today’s Texas House schedule designed to eliminate LGBT resource centers from Texas’ state universities.

Christian intends to offer the amendments to Senate Bill 1811, a large fiscal bill that has been stalled in the House for the last week. The first of the amendments is identical to language Christian added to House Bill 1 in April. It would require universities that appropriate state funds for their LGBT resource centers to equally fund centers for “family and traditional values.” Resource centers at both UT-Austin and Texas A&M are funded by student fees, not state funds, so it’s unclear how much of an impact the amendment would have.

Chrisitan’s second amendment, which is new, would prohibit any state funds from being spent on campus LGBT resource centers. It would also prohibit universities from housing the centers in state-owned buildings, effectively banning them from college campuses.

Read the full text of Christian’s proposed amendments to SB 1811 by going here and here.

SB 1811 was originally scheduled for the House floor on Thursday, but was delayed until today. With fights over the state’s budget getting increasingly heated, the debate on the bill is likely to take hours, which may cause the House to delay it until other business is finished. The bill must pass the House by midnight next Tuesday, May 24.

Students for Inclusive Resources, a group formed in response to Christian’s amendment to HB 1, has issued an action alert asking Texans to call their state representatives and tell them to oppose Christan’s amendments. To look up contact info for your representative, go here.

Stay tuned to Instant Tea for updates …

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Texas House OKs measure requiring schools with LGBT resource centers to spend equal amount on centers for ‘family and traditional values’

Wayne Christian

Public colleges and universities in Texas with LGBT resource centers would have to spend an equal amount on centers promoting “family and traditional values,” under a budget amendment approved by the House late Friday.

The amendment from State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, passed by a vote of 110-24. From The Dallas Morning News:

While many members in the chamber cracked jokes and guffawed, the amendment’s author, Rep. Wayne Christian, said the University of Texas, Texas A&M and “some other schools” have centers promoting “alternative sexual practices.”

“I’m not treading on their rights to that, to teach alternative sexual behavior,” said Christian, R-Center. But he said they must match it, dollar for dollar, with advocating heterosexual, “traditional values.”

Meanwhile, the House defeated a proposed budget amendment that would have required school districts to report incidents of harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The amendment from Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, was defeated by a vote of 97-49.

—  John Wright

Sarah Palin to bring her anti-abortion song and dance back to Dallas at the Majestic on Nov. 10

Sarah Palin’s coming back to town to encourage women once again to have unwanted pregnancies.

She’s scheduled to appear at the Majestic Theater on Nov. 10, The Dallas Observer notes.

We’d go and cover it, but media is routinely denied access to Palin events. I’d love to interview her, actually. I find her fascinating.

Doesn’t say what Palin will do. Sing? Dance? Tell Alaska jokes about lipstick and raising your kids to marry hot guys and get pregnant in high school?

Earlier this year, she appeared in Dallas for a fundraiser for a non-existent anti-abortion clinic in Uptown. The picture used was of a house on Fairmount Street.

The charity was advertised as being a 501(c)(3) but was never registered with the IRS. Anyone who deducts a donation to them could be subject to back taxes and penalties.

The Majestic event is sponsored by a group called Heroic Media.

That group “uses mass media to help women facing unexpected pregnancies to life-affirming resource centers.”

What they don’t provide is medical care for those women.

From Heroic Media’s website:

South Florida has the highest abortion ratio in the United States — the market records more than 600 abortions for every 1,000 births. The area’s 30 abortion facilities target low income and ethnic neighborhoods and their advertisements literally saturate the region.

Florida commercials, billboards and other advertisements generally showcase happy tourists and sun-kissed beachgoers; they don’t depict the desperation experienced by women forced into abortion. Heroic Media wants to provide the women of Florida with hope. They deserve to learn about positive options. They need to know there are people willing to listen and help.

Funny. I have family in South Florida and visit often. I have never seen an abortion ad. Not a billboard. Not a TV or radio ad. Nothing. And they don’t give an example of one of these ads on their website.

More about this if we can get through to Heroic Media. Tried this morning but no answer at their Austin headquarters.

—  David Taffet