Jonathan Stickland, Molly White Celebrate Bad Grades From Equality Texas
Two of the House’s most right-wing members took to Facebook to celebrate their poor grades for the 84th Legislature from the LGBT group Equality Texas.
“Proud to receive an ‘F-‘ from Equality Texas again! Sometimes failing is #winning,” Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) wrote after the group released its scorecard last week.
“I am very happy to represent the pro-family values in my District,” Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) wrote above a link to the scorecard on Thursday.
Equality Texas named White the worst member of the House on LGBT issues. Although Stickland received an “F-,” he did not make the group’s 10-worst list.
The group singled out White for filing a bill aimed at undermining a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, as well as an anti-LGBT religious freedom measure that would have made one that passed in Indiana “look like a Sunday School picnic.”
Equality Texas also accused White of refusing to meet with a gay constituent who was lobbying at the Capitol. White had previously refused to allow Muslims into her office unless they first denounced terrorist groups and pledged allegiance to America.
“It’s difficult to understand why someone seeks an office charged with representing the people if that person is unwilling to–you know–meet with the people–but Molly White must have some method to her indecipherable madness,” Equality Texas wrote.
“Unfortunately for the constituents of White’s District 55, not only was she too busy to meet with them, she was too busy filing blatantly unconstitutional bills to actually pass any legislation. White’s lack of attention to the actual business of the legislature and her preference for controversy over substantial legislation meant that her Bell County constituents were effectively robbed of any representation in the Texas House this session.”
Equality Texas named Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), the author of a failed religious freedom constitutional amendment, the worst senator on LGBT issues.
Sen. Jose Rodriguez (D-El Paso) was named the best senator on LGBT issues, and Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) was named the best member of the House.
View Equality Texas’ full rankings here.