Press Release – City of Plano Non-Discrimination Ordinance

PRESS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release

February 4, 2015

 

WHO: Log Cabin Republicans of Texas

CONTACT: Jeff Davis, Chairman   949-294-1172   chairman@logcabintexas.us

 

Log Cabin Republicans of Texas wishes to thank and congratulate the City of Plano for passing City Ordinance No. 2014-12-7, which expands the city’s existing Non-Discrimination Policy to “afford equal human rights to individuals regardless of U.S. military/veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, and gender identity” and “to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation, employment practices, housing transitions and city contracting practices.”

The Non-Discrimination Policy, as passed in 1989, established non-discrimination policies for individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, and disability status. The recent amendments to the policy are noteworthy victories for not just the LGBT community or the veteran community but for the entire City of Plano. Log Cabin Republicans of Texas wishes that all cities in the great state of Texas will follow in the footsteps of the City of Plano.

Of course, there are those who oppose the actions of the City of Plano. Some lawmakers, including Rep. Matt Shaheen (Dist. 66), wish to introduce a bill that would nullify LGBT nondiscrimination protections covering 7.5 million Texans. The proposed legislation would prohibit political subdivisions of the state from adding classes to nondiscrimination ordinances that aren’t protected under Texas or federal law, neither of which cover LGBT citizens.

In addition to harming the LGBT community and other classes that remain unmentioned by state and federal non-discrimination laws, the proposed bill can and will have potential economic consequences. Many in Plano believe that the recent city ordinance passed in response to Toyota’s decision to relocate a major facility to the city and the company’s concern about the lack of LGBT protections in Texas. Plano-based Frito-Lay also sent a letter in support of the ordinance to the Plano City Council.

In the 1996 U.S. Supreme Court case Romer v. Evans, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Colorado law that banned nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation. However, the proposed bill would target all classes not protected under Texas or federal law rather than specifically targeting the LGBT community.

If Texas wishes to remain an economic superpower on the domestic and international scale, the state must offer protections to all citizens and all individuals in the Texas workforce. Log Cabin Republicans of Texas urges all Texans to call Rep. Shaheen at 512-463-0594 or e-mail him to encourage him not to file a detrimental and unnecessary bill. We also encourage all Texans to contact their Representative and to attend the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas Lobby Day, set for Thursday, February 12th.