Via e-mail, reader Peter Hughes alerted me to a looming victory for gay rights in the most unlikely of places, the Lone Star State. According to the Houston Chronicle,
More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he jogs, has said he’s in favor of the idea.
This is great news for gay people whom many believe are more vulnerable than straights for harassment based on our sexuality. If a potential bashers know that gay students might be packing, they’ll be less likely to attack. And if they do attack, gay people will better be able to defend themselves.
Kudos to Texas legislators for considering providing gay men and lesbians with an important tool to protect against ourselves against those who would do us harm. Let’s hope gay organizations in Texas and nationwide push the legislature to act speedily on this important gay rights measure.