TX eyes another special right for straight folks

Posted on 23 Sep 2011 at 1:32pm

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade

This week, Secretary of State Hope Andrade certified 10 propositions will appear on the ballot in November to amend the Texas constitution. Among the proposals is another special right for straight people.

Most of the propositions deal with mundane governmental functions, but Proposition 1 would apply to heterosexual couples and exclude say and lesbian couples.

Proposition Number 1:

SJR 14 would amend the constitution to authorize the legislature to provide the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran with an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the surviving spouse’s residence homestead as long as the surviving spouse has not remarried, the property was the residence homestead of the surviving spouse when the qualifying veteran died, and the property remains the residence homestead of the surviving spouse.

The proposed amendment would appear on the ballot as follows: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran.”

In other words the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran would be given a tax break as long as it’s a heterosexual couple. A same-sex spouse would not be entitled to that tax break because of the state’s discriminatory Defense of Marriage law and refusal to recognize all marriages performed in other states or countries.

The proposition will likely pass, but the LGBT community should not support a law that discriminates against them.

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