Texas GOP State Rep Molly White knows exactly what it takes to be an effective representative: She has no interests in meeting with — and is actively refusing to meet with — constituents who are going to be harmed by her proposed legislation.
The legislation that White proposed would allowed businesses to refuse customers on religious grounds; she’s also proposed similar legislation that would make the state’s ban on same-sex marriage immune to court rulings.
These are the sorts of actions you’d expect from a clueless Republican throwing a temper tantrum. In a statement, White said, “Marriage is a Holy union of one man and one woman created and ordained by God. There is no other definition. As a Christian, I am guided by God’s Word.”
White is also refusing to listen to constituents who are going to be affected by her legislation. Her staff has said that trying to discuss issues with her “would be a waste of time” — which is surely the hallmark of a rational, responsible legislator.
For instance, last week, the Temple Daily Telegram reported Frank Carlson of Equality Texas paid White’s office a visit. While White’s staff were initially warm and welcoming, they turned him away when they learned who he represented.
Carlson was informed that White was “against anything LGBT” and they told him to “drop off your literature and leave.”
For the record, Equality Texas is the largest LGBT rights organization in the state.
White’s chief of staff, Hannah Bell, said of Carlson’s visit, “I conveyed that the representative has stances on some issues and that she isn’t likely to change her mind on them. We try to be a transparent office and I told them that they needed to meet with individuals that shared their viewpoint.”
Lawmakers actually aren’t required to meet with their constituents, but refusing to do so, according to Janet Adamski, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, is antagonistic to what it means when one becomes a “representative.”
“When a person is governing they are governing for the entire community, not just those who voted for them,” Adamski told the Temple Daily Telegram.
If White’s name sounds familiar, that’s because she’s been mentioned here before. Earlier this year, she instructed her staff to make Muslims visiting her office declare their allegiance to the Untied States. White wrote then on Facebook, “We will see how long they stay in my office.”
[h/t and cover photo RS]