For a candidate that touts government transparency as a virtue, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s offices sure don’t practice what they preach. First, it’s hiding dangerous chemical locations from Texas families, and now as it turns out, you can’t even bring a petition down to the AG’s office. Here’s the story on that from Ryan Hoppe of Texas Public Radio…
Same-sex families and gay-rights groups have filed a petition with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, requesting requesting that they stop enforcing Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages.
Lauren Zurbrügg, development manager of Equality Texas, was one of those who showed up to drop off the 5,000-signature petition.
“We’re standing here because unfortunately the attorney general’s office has refused to receive hand-delivered mail of any kind, including these signatures, despite that we confirmed with the AG’s office on Friday that we would be able to hand-deliver these signatures,” Zurbrügg said.
The attorney general’s office told the group it only receives mail through common mail carriers like FedEx.
This is not a policy that is listed anywhere on the Attorney General’s website. Was it created out of thin air just to discriminate against today’s petitioners? Who in Abbott’s office went back on their word to Equality Texas? Our distinguished AG needs to find out the answers here, because he can be sure that Texans are going to keep asking. Whether one agrees with the premise of the petition or not, all state residents deserve the right to petition their government in person, the same way opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance did just weeks ago.
Perhaps Abbott did this in hopes of avoiding an extensive news cycle? If that’s the case it didn’t work, and will serve to aid in the cause for marriage equality in Texas.