A Republican state representative from Cooke County wants to cut funding for school districts in Texas that offer benefits to the domestic partners of employees.
Last year, the Pflugerville school district became the first in the state to offer DP benefits, extending them to both gay and straight domestic partners.
Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, on Wednesday filed House Bill 1568, which would reduce a school district’s healthcare funding by 7.5 percent if they offer DP benefits to anyone other than an employee or a dependent of an employee.
“Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships,” Springer said in a release. “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.”
Jonathan Saenz, president of the anti-gay group Texas Values, said: “This bill is a clear message to every Texas school district, if they mess with the Texas Constitution, it will cost them, dearly.”
Springer’s release says those who have questions about the bill should call him at 512-463-0526 or email him at Drew.Springer@house.state.tx.us for more information. You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Read Springer’s full press release below.