Fort Worth Representative Matt Krause Named Texas' Most Homophobic Legislator

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The advocacy group Equality Texas has put out its first legislative report card in several sessions, ranking Texas state legislators' records on working for LGBT rights.

The factors Equality Texas took into account include public votes, authorship (both pro- and anti-), resolutions and committee votes. They turned that into a point system and doled out letter grades accordingly.

State Representative Matt Krause, a Fort Worth Republican, topped the shit list. Every legislator on the "Worst 10" list got the academically implausible F-, but only Krause managed to get a raw score below zero, a -4.

"For someone supposedly elected to shrink taxes and the size of government, that doesn't seem to be what he focused on," says Chuck Smith, Executive Director of Equality Texas.

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A+ legislators from the Dallas-Fort Worth area include Roberto Alonzo, Rafael Anchia, Lon Burnam and Eric Johnson, all Democrats. The highest-scoring Republican, Diane Patrick out of Arlington, scored a C.

Equality Texas' biggest beefs with Krause are his repeated attempts to give university student groups the right to refuse membership to other students, "regardless of the student's beliefs or status, including race, gender, and sexual orientation." After the first bill never made it out of the House Krause rewrote it as an amendment that would prevent a college or university from requiring student groups to accept as members anyone who "demonstrates opposition to the organization's stated beliefs and purposes."

The amendment made it out of the House but didn't survive the Senate. In the end only a single bill authored by Krause passed: one honoring his wife for support.

He also co-sponsored a bill that would affect funding for public schools that offered benefits to unmarried partners. That also never made it out of the House.

Krause wasn't the only representative targeting higher ed. Arlington Republican Bill Zedler, who ranked third on the Worst 10 list, tried to defund "Gender and Sexuality Centers and Related Student Centers," claiming they promoted the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Equality Texas' final word on Krause this session: The people of his district "would have been better represented by an empty chair. At least that would have been less embarrassing."

We've left a request for comment with Krause's office. We'll update when we hear back from him.



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53 comments
joecook
joecook

I can understand that people who support gay rights are angry with a legislator who doesn't-but these comments are pretty abusive. Our differences in the areas of morality and fairness run so deep that they have to be addressed before society can be better. If we all try to upgrade our personal integrity, we might be better heard and received.  RA

Tolerate_it_all
Tolerate_it_all

Lightning doesn't strike twice but liberal tolerance does at the DO.

Name of the game is to get some page views for your advertisers and reinforce your groupthink. When it's over you can pat yourselves on the back for being correct.

halldecker
halldecker

There ought to be a project to study people like this,  study them like a bug,  to see where their fascination with gay sex began.  While most will claim The Bible,  the truth is almost certainly something else.


Maybe the 'Ledge will appropriate money for it ...


nammer
nammer

as a friend of mine in high school said, "He might not suck on it, but he'll damn sure put it in his mouth"

MisterMean
MisterMean

I bet the live stock love him though.  Mooooooo

Americano
Americano

Why don't we ever see an article in the Observer about the most "Homosexual Legislator"?  I suppose that would be balance.

John Turner-McClelland
John Turner-McClelland

This comes as no surprise someone elected to represent his constituents only managed to pass a resolution honoring his own wife, and spent most of his time trying to repeal the 20th century.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Looks like the dude I fucked at the ABS on Golden Triangle.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

If Mr. Krause does happen to lose his next election bid to an empty chair, will the chair be honored by an interview from Clint Eastwood?

Tim Smathers
Tim Smathers

For me, no more liberals/conservatives, it's liberals/ minorities, because that's what you are in modern America, minorities.

Chris Chandler
Chris Chandler

Tom I'm not against you. And yes I am Conservative/ Libertarian & you would probably be shocked to know some of my best friends are Liberals. But until we can admit outlets such as D.O. are biased and keep our blinders on. We will never be able to see the big picture together. Remember, the Democratic-Republican Party started off as one entity. Unified in their mission to oppose the Federalist Party. I don't want to fight with you. I welcome your opinion. May not agree with it. But how can we grow if we aren't at least willing to listen to one another. And my point is there are too many outlets like D.O. who only put the opposition on front street and refuse to put themselves under the looking glass. And that goes for both parties. Just calling em like I see it. No offense to you or your views.

Paul Tomlin
Paul Tomlin

My Bob Dylan "Ballad of a Thin Man" gaydar alarm goes off looking at Mr. Matt "Jones" Krause.

Chris Chandler
Chris Chandler

For the record I don't mean to come off like I promote homophobia. And am not trying to defend this guy. Just making a point that D.O. ALWAYS runs stories of white racism & Republican homophobia and such. And conveniently refuses to ever report the wrong doings of Dems, or blacks or gays. As if they are somehow unable of any wrong doing. It works both ways, but D.O. makes it a point to ONLY report bad things about people who they politically or ideologically disagree with. Just to stir the pot.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I can see why Mayor Rawlings blocked the council symbolic referendum on gay marriage.  The issue has not been settled by larger society, the city has no authority in the debate, and half the electorate will get mad by how a councilman will vote.

Tom Knapp
Tom Knapp

Why do conservatives hate America so much?

James080
James080

Setting aside the issue of LBGT equality, I wonder what the opposition is to allowing a campus group to refuse membership to one who "demonstrates opposition to the organization's stated beliefs and purposes."

Should the Black Students Association be required to admit an avowed KKK member or a neo-nazi? Should a campus LBGT service organization be required to admit someone like Krause whose only reason for joined would seem to be to undermine the organization? Should an atheist group be required to admit an evangelical student who would likely join only for the opportunity to proselytize the heathens?

It seems like there is some merit to excluding students joining a group merely to discredit or disrupt the group.


observist
observist topcommenter

A bill honoring his wife for supporting him in his efforts to author a bill honoring her.   Nice.

halldecker
halldecker

@shwhitley Louisiana Guv used to say of opposition,  "I never said he'd suck a cock.  I said he'd just hold it in his mouth till the swelling went down!"


halldecker
halldecker

@Americano We had one,   couple of sessions ago,  can't recall his last name,  Glen.   He delivered for his Austin District,  he delivered for Texas.  Texas Monthly gave him highest ratings.

He was a shock to some,  acted just like regular folks,  after a while they weren't scared to go to the Men's Room when he was in it.


Tolerate_it_all
Tolerate_it_all

That song is about Brian Jones not a sexual preference. Thanks for playing!

steve
steve

@Chris Chandler Eddie Bernice Johnson, John W. Price, Terri Hodge, the Medrano's

They all get some grief from the Observer. Maybe less than they should but way more than the DMN.. Or the courts for that matter.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@Chris Chandler


"And conveniently refuses to ever report the wrong doings of Dems, or blacks or gays."

Is this the first time you have ever been to this blog? Or are you just an idiot?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@James080 Exactly what type of student organizations would have a problem with a person just because of their sexual orientation? Would that be the same kind of organization that would discriminate against students based on their race, ethnicity or gender?

joeinbost
joeinbost

James  I think they were  more aimed at Frats and the Like You know the ones that have a Tax emeption 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@James080 


How is that "'White Folk' student org" group in Fort Worth doing? I forgot what campus.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@matt.helm75 If there's a gay bar between Foat Wuth and Austin, I'll bet you can find Krause stopping in there to "use the phone" of something during trips back and forth.

halldecker
halldecker

@Americano Glen Maxey was the Rep's name.  Good man.

Why is it necessary to label Legislators?


Because the gay-out variety is so damn rare,  everybody wants to see what it looks like.

Equality will be a cold day in Hell arriving in the Great State.  Wish it wasn't so,  but there's too many Grass Eaters to convert in a couple lifetimes.

Americano
Americano

@halldecker

I must have missed that article.  Delivering for your District and State, again, is a matter of opinion.  Depending on what you deliver.  I can't figure out why it's necessary to label Legislators either way.  Equality to me is a lack of sexual descriptors.  

James080
James080

@CogitoErgoSum@James080 

Read what I wrote again, you're missing the point. I don't believe that campus organizations should be allowed to discriminate against an applicant based on characteristics they were born with, gender, race, sexual orientation and the like. But why should any campus organization be forced to admit a student whose behavior or statements "demonstrates opposition to the organization's stated beliefs and purposes"?

James080
James080

@GuitarPlayer  

Don't know.  Last time I was a student on campus there was a black students association open to all students interested in black issues, and a women's student association also open to men interested in women's issues. But I assume they would have opposed membership to racists of any color or misogynists.

Americano
Americano

@halldecker  

30 yrs ago my white mother dated a black man.  They are now married for many years.  At first it was a huge deal, now, no one bats an eye.  I have more mixed race relatives than not.  That took less than a lifetime, not two.   Your opinion is noted, but it's still just your opinion.

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