Forget public schools that would rather ban all clubs than let a Gay-Straight Alliance form, some Texas legislators are trying to slash funding to schools/universities with pro-equality statutes for students and employees. This is in response to the Pflugerville School District recently became the first to offer benefits to the partners of LGBT teachers. Pflugerville is also one of the plaintiffs in a suit against the state of Texas to acquire more funds after Republicans did what they’ve always done to free up money: cut from education.
Plaintiffs had hoped the Legislature would address the school funding system during its most recent legislative session. But facing a $27 billion budget shortfall, the Republican-controlled Legislature approved $4 billion in cuts to schools in June, the first decrease in per-student spending in Texas since World War II.
Rep. Drew Springer didn’t care for Pflugerville’s antics of wanting enough money to educate their kids and to take care of their teachers, nor did he appreciate their equality shenanigans.
Our tax-dollars are for educating kids, not for enacting policies that attempt to get the state to recognize homosexual relationships. 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.
Apparently tax dollars earmarked for education are for recognizing straight relationships though, since the state doesn’t seem to mind if those benefits are provided in order to secure teachers that aren’t scraped from the bottom of the barrel. The state should recognize same-sex relationships, because they exist. And partners in those relationships are often very talented teachers, which apparently means less to legislators charged with maximizing the effectiveness of educating the next generation than who those teachers kiss on their own fucking time.
And it doesn’t matter if most Texans don’t agree with who someone else chooses to love. It doesn’t matter if they don’t approve of the color of their skin, what language they speak, or what god they pray to. It is the duty of the government to protect the rights of all from the tyranny of the majority, not to become the tyranny of the majority.
Christians are often quick to describe how it feels to endure the sling and arrows of being persecuted (even though they have never been persecuted for their Christianity). Yet they seem to so love abusing the power of their numbers. It is dichotomies like these for which the phrase “actions speak louder than words” was coined. Save me the faux disdain for persecution until you stop doing it to everybody who doesn’t kowtow to your ancient dogma.