Article contributed by San Antonio Family Association
The Bexar County Commissioners Court voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 27 on a measure to add “gender identity,” “gender expression,” and “sexual orientation” to be considered protected classes in its human resources policy of equal employment opportunity. The expanded policy not only grants special class protections to unnatural lifestyles, it also undermines natural marriage, attacks the family, and promotes unhealthy lifestyles choices that will lead to long term domestic failure.
Following natural law and order and having political communities promote natural lifestyles (marriage between one man and one woman for life, being open to children) is what leads to long term domestic prosperity. A strong family builds a strong community. Healthy, strong families lead to lower health care costs as they lead natural lives. As children are born and families grow, the economy grows making development possible.
The importance of the family for the life and well-being of society entails a particular responsibility for society to support and strengthen marriage and the family. Civil authority should consider it a grave duty to acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity.
The Bexar County Commissioners Court, however, is continuing to provide immoral leadership in the name of inclusivity and in the form of contemporary paganism. Just as the Court did 4 years ago when it condoned co-habitation as a means to sneak in “domestic partner” benefits for same-sex people, the court is now legitimizing every fictional gender identity and creating special classes out of thin air. All of these changes are done at the expense of the taxpayers of Bexar County and it will cost dearly especially as the contemporary emphasis is now on closing healthcare insurance as a “right” and transgender surgery and therapy as a medical necessity so it qualifies for county provided health insurance coverage as a non-elective essential.
Regarding the “Employee Plus One Qualifying Adult” policy which was approved in 2014, Judge Nelson Wolff said “We do our best to attract top-notch employees and we really are not concerned whatever their lifestyle might be, as long as they’re doing a good job for the county.” Judge Wolff’s statement ignores the fact that unhealthy lifestyles do adversely impact employees’ work life and health, and taxpayers get to pay for it with higher taxes. And Bexar property owners have incurred huge increases in taxes in the last two years.
Being “inclusive” of unnatural lifestyles ultimately leads to disease, death, and long term domestic failure. Homosexual, paramour lifestyles are unhealthy and unnatural. SA has been a leader in a bad way in the state of TX for syphilis cases over the last decade especially. According to Bexar County and the CDC, 92% of all syphilis cases result from MSM, that is Male Sex with Male. Active homosexual men have life spans 20 years shorter than heterosexual men. Diseases such as HPV, HIV, and even Zika are significantly higher amongst practicing homosexuals. Domestic violence rates among people with a contraceptive/luv, not love, mentality is dramatically higher. The National Violence Against Women survey found that 21.5 percent of men and 35.4 percent of women living with a same-sex partner experienced intimate-partner physical violence in their lifetimes, compared with 7.1 percent and 20.4 percent for men and women, respectively, with a history of only opposite-sex cohabitation. And couples who cohabit instead of getting married experience domestic violence at twice the rate of married couples.
Studies have shown that children do better in natural families with a mother and a father over the unnatural families. Further, the divorce rate among heterosexuals is dramatically higher among those who “shack up” verses those who do not live together prior to marriage.
Despite all the evidence that the traditional family structure is best for both the individuals and society as a whole, Bexar County Commissioners Court seeks to undermine the natural order and promote unhealthy lifestyles.
The proposed revision to Bexar County Human Resources Policy 7.101 Equal Employment provides endless choices to qualify for special class recognition and protection:
Bexar County provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, age, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or non-merit factor (except where such is a bona fide occupational qualification) in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.
Traditional special class protections (sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, etc.) are provided to prevent discrimination based on either immutable factors or grounded in the First Amendment protections of religious freedom. The expansion in the policy is to include nonsensical and fictional categories such as “sexual orientation”, “gender identity” and “gender expression” all based in unscientific and unproven gender/queer theory but absent of fact and blind to scientific evidence.
These categories have as much viability as the proofs used by the Flat Earth society, but are being foisted upon the residents of Bexar County without regard to the increased cost, the harm done to the natural family, and the fact that public policy ought to promote what is good and sound for a society. But then again, the track record of the Bexar County Commissioners Court has been one of following and not leading. Perhaps this is why they are still dancing to Mayor Castro’s tune several years later.
It would be novel if the Bexar County leadership actually did lead instead of follow. This would mean paying attention to the things that are evidential fact and not fiction and bias due to their ideological disorder and/or desire to pander to a micro-minority loud political group that has lots of time to rant about human contrived “rights”. The court is legitimately concerned about opioid addictions and the cost to healthcare so much so that it filed a lawsuit against manufacturers to recover costs of care. What will they do to recover costs of their condoned addictive unhealthy lifestyles? Who will they sue? The only recourse will be to raise taxes on property owners and residents of Bexar County.
Rather than legitimizing gender confusion and sexual deviancy, they might want to address issues within their purview, such as roads, drainage, and other County business. It’s vital to our society that we get back to natural basics to improve everyone’s quality of life.