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Hundreds March for LGBT Justice

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Hundreds of members of the LGBT community, and their supporters, marched through downtown Austin Sunday evening.

Their goal was to show lawmakers their support for more than 20 pro-LGBT bills that have been filed in the legislature this session.

 

According to Get Equal Texas, this is the first time employment non-discrimination bills have been filed in both the Texas House and the Senate. There have also been several other bills filed, pertaining to marriage, insurance and supplemental birth certificates.

With less than 80 days left in this year's session, supporters are hoping to push lawmakers to act.

"Augmenting with these sort of direct action events, like marches and rallies, helps to create a better sense of urgency for our legislators, so they can know, hey, the community is really serious about ensuring these good bills are passed, and serious about ensuring that the bad ones are stuck in committee," said Get Equal Texas State Lead Organizer Michael Diviesti.

"The vast majority of Texans, according to a recent poll by Equality Texas, support our civil rights for LGBT people, but our lawmakers need to hear from us, and hear from those who support us, to realize that they do have the backing to push these bills through," said Tiffani Bishop, Central Lead Organizer for Get Equal Texas.

Organizers said marchers came from all across the state. The push continues Monday at the Capitol, with Lobby Day, organized by Equality Texas.

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