Sen. Jose Rodriguez has proposed a bill barring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in Texas.
SB 856 would provide protections in employment, public accommodation, housing, and state contracting based upon sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
The lack of a statewide law has prompted several local governments to pass ordinances offering LGBT protections.
Large employers have stepped up to fill the gap as well. According to a 2012 report from the gay-rights advocacy group Equality Forum, 48 of 52 Fortune 500 companies in Texas already prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Large employers see the protections as necessary parts of their international recruiting efforts.
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