GOP State Sen. Bob Hall Believes Nation Is 'Sliding Into Gomorrah'
Texas tea party Sen. Bob Hall (pictured) has filed legislation that would prohibit cities in the Lone Star State fromÂ enforcing nondiscrimination lawsÂ protecting LGBT people.
Hall's bill is the first anti-LGBT measure filed in advance of next year's Texas Legislature, which convenes in January.Â TodayÂ marksÂ the first dayÂ of pre-filing of billsÂ forÂ the upcoming session, in which dozens of anti-LGBT measures are likely to be considered.Â
Senate Bill 92Â would prohibit cities, counties and other political subdivisions from adopting or enforcing "a local law that creates a protected classification or prohibits discrimination on a basis not contained in the laws of this state."
Because Texas stateÂ law doesn't include sexual orientation or gender identity, cities and counties would be prohibited from enforcing LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances.
Three other states â€” Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee â€” have passed similarÂ laws,Â but everything's bigger in Texas: Hall'sÂ bill would nullifyÂ LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination measures coveringÂ nearly 9 million residents, or roughly one-third of the state's population, according toÂ Equality Texas.
In addition to LGBT groups, Hall's bill and other discriminatory measures will face opposition from the Texas Association of Business (TAB), which is the state's chamber of commerce. The TABÂ recently estimatedÂ that anti-LGBT legislation could cost the state's economy $8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs.Â
Hall filed a similar bill two years ago, and followingÂ the 2015 legislative session, Equality TexasÂ ranked himÂ No. 2Â on its list of the state's most anti-LGBT senators.
According toÂ TheÂ Texas Observer, Hall once said he believes the nation is "sliding into Gomorrah."
"If we do not change what weâ€™re doing by changing the leaders when we go to the ballot box, our children and grandchildren may be having to change their leaders with the ammo box," Hall said.
Image via Bob Hall on Facebook