Here’s something that gay marriage hating, Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott can be thankful for this Thanksgiving: Texas is among the five worst states in the U.S. for gays.
From Rolling Stone, which took a wholly unscientific look at things to come up with The 5 Worst States for LGBT People:
When it comes to being unfriendly to LGBT people, Texas' cities have the rest of America beat by a country mile. Eight Longhorn towns rank among the worst for LGBT people, with a whopping four (Lubbock, Mesquite, McAllen and Irving) receiving a zero score from the Human Rights Campaign. Queer women have it even worse, as the state continually ranks among the worst places for women, with the most abysmal healthcare system in the country.
Texans can thank Republican governor Rick Perry for that. Even though one in four Texans was uninsured in 2012, Perry claimed, “Every Texan has health care in this state. From the standpoint of having access to health care, every Texan has that.'' Then again, he's hardly the best authority when it comes to matters of health, as Perry recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism: “I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
While Perry's state is one of the least accepting of same-sex marriage, his party currently backs conversion therapy for minors, a practice that California has outlawed. For years, the Texas GOP has been attempting to undermine Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized relations between same-sex partners. Republicans have fought to keep language in the state's penal code making “deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex” a misdemeanor charge. As late as last year, 12 other states had not purged their anti-sodomy laws.
There's some good news for LGB citizens: Houston mayor Annise Parker (an out lesbian) passed a non-discrimination ordinance in May, promising equal access to employment, housing and healthcare. However, this was after Houston threw transgender people under the bus. Supporters dropped a provision from the bill that would allow transgender residents to use the public restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
The others? Mississippi (1), Alabama (2), Louisiana (4) and Michigan (5).
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