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Family SilhouetteFrom Texas Rep. Drew Springer, District 68

HB 1568


February 10, 2013


Travis McCormick
(512) 463- 0526





AUSTIN, TX. — Today, Rep. Drew Springer filed HB 1568 to protect family values and the definition of marriage in the Texas Constitution.



In 2003, Texas passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) defining marriage in the Constitution as the union of one man and one woman. This past fall, Pflugerville Independent School District became the first school district in the state to enact a policy in which same-sex domestic partners can acquire insurance benefits.



The policy in Pflugerville comes in direct conflict with the Texas Constitution, because Texas does not legally recognize domestic partners.



“Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships” said Springer. “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.”



Chuck Smith, president of Equality Texas has stated that, “the school district’s actions may be impetus for other school districts to do the same”.



Springer’s HB 1568 eliminates the healthcare funding for any school districts  that offer insurance or other benefits to a person not a district employee or a spouse or child of a district employee.



“This bill is a clear message to every Texas school district, if they mess with the Texas Constitution, it will cost them, dearly,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values.



Over 25 members have signed onto HB 1568 at the time of filing, a good indication of its general support in the Texas House.



If you have any questions about this legislation, please feel free to contact his Capitol office by phone (512) 463- 0526 or by email at any time for more information.



These are the Texas House members who have already signed on to support Rep. Springer’s HB 1568.  Please contact all of the Texas House members and ask them to sign on to this bill.  Also, please thank the members below for supporting HB 1568 

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Primary Author Date Filed
Springer 02/20/2013



Joint Authors Date Signed On
Laubenberg 02/20/2013
Bonnen, Dennis 02/20/2013
Smithee 02/20/2013
Harper-Brown 02/20/2013



Coauthors (22) Date Signed On
Bell 02/20/2013
Capriglione 02/20/2013
Creighton 02/20/2013
Fallon 02/20/2013
Frank 02/20/2013
Hughes 02/20/2013
Klick 02/20/2013
Krause 02/20/2013
Kuempel 02/20/2013
Leach 02/20/2013
Perry 02/20/2013
Phillips 02/20/2013
Price 02/20/2013
Raney 02/20/2013
Sanford 02/20/2013
Simmons 02/20/2013
Stephenson 02/20/2013
Stickland 02/20/2013
Thompson, Ed 02/20/2013
Toth 02/20/2013
Turner, Scott 02/20/2013
White 02/20/2013



Donna Garner


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