A Texas Tea Party RepublicanÂ State Senator has just introduced a bill that copycats Arkansas legislation that is about to become law.Â
Freshman State SenatorÂ Don Huffines ran on a platform of "limited government, in cutting spending so we can decrease taxes," while touting his belief in the "traditional family" and creationism. Sometimes, those goals are at odds, soÂ Huffines has opted to walk away from hisÂ "limited government" beliefs in order to attack the LGBT community.
RETWEET if you agree we must protect traditional marriage and Texas values! pic.twitter.com/LyWKhmE1iB
â€” Don Huffines (@DonHuffines) February 21, 2015
The fifty-something year-old successfulÂ real estate developer has introduced a bill that copycats highly-controversial legislation that is about to become law in Arkansas.
Claiming though not offering proof that it will improve commerce and attract business into the state,Â Huffines' bill simply removes the right of local Texas towns and cities to create any non-discrimination protections that do not already exist in Texas state law.
The bill,Â SB 343,Â is actually more sweeping than thatÂ â€“ it removes the right of towns and cities to create any law "more stringent than a state statute."
Huffines' spokesperson categorized the legislation as merely a bill thatÂ "aims to curtail local laws that hinder free enterprise and businesses or hamper liberty, counter to the free market, limited government policies enacted by the state."
The New York Times reports that Huffines' limited government beliefsÂ go just so far.
â€œLocal control is not a blank check,â€Â Huffines says. "I think thereâ€™s really no end to" local laws that he claims have been hindering the supposedÂ â€œTexas miracleâ€ of economic growth.
â€œI think it was a big mistake what the BSA did,â€ HuffinesÂ said. â€œThey canâ€™t be trusted not to open the door for more infiltration from the gay agenda. Eventually weâ€™ll have gay Scouts and gay Scoutmasters and gay troops. Theyâ€™ll keep coming until their mission is fulfilled.â€
Wright notes that if Huffinesâ€™ bill becomes law, it would reverse LGBT protections for 7.5 million Texans, including those in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano and San Antonio.
Dallas Morning News'Â Rudy Bush labels Huffines "an unserious lawmaker," and notes that "city councils that have voted to protect gay citizens from employment discrimination would see their laws trumped by a so-called small government Republican with a religious bent against the way they live their lives."