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Texas GOP lawmaker pledges support for gay rights, says party is changing
Posted on 08 Apr 2013 at 2:47pm
Members from Dallas, Houston and Austin chapters attended the first-ever statewide conference, as well as a few people from San Antonio, who decided they would try to start a chapter later this year.
State Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, addressed a group of about 35 people Friday as the keynote in the speaker series.
Davis began her speech by acknowledging the audience’s “courage and the bravery that I think many of you have shown probably spending a great period of your life struggling with your identity and then finally having the courage and the strength of character to come out to your friends and family as a Republican.”
While Davis is not a member of the LGBT community, she said she understands what it is like, recalling when members of the Republican Party looked at her suspiciously when she was the only member of the party to vote against the sonogram bill last session because she believed it was about personal freedom and keeping the government out of the doctor’s office.
Davis said her philosophy is to vote on the basis of personal freedom, individual responsibility and limited government, adding that Republicans allow social issues to cloud their judgment when it comes to those ideals, including placing “what I believe to be inappropriate restrictions on your personal relationships involving two consenting adults.”
“It’s not the job of the government to socially engineer society. Government should focus on opportunity of outcomes and let people rise on their own merits,” Davis said. “And I believe that that applies not just to how you spend your money, but who you spend your life with. I don’t want the government in my bedroom anymore than I want the government in corporate boardrooms.”
Davis, who has volunteered with the Houston Log Cabin chapter over the years since she was first elected in 2010, said the group had supported her from the beginning, helping her beat an incumbent and then win re-election last year. She said her election is proof that the party is changing in Texas to become more inclusive.
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