From the standpoint of having access to health care, every Texan has that.'' Then again, he's hardly the best authority when it comes to matters of health, as Perry recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism: "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way." While Perry's state is one of the least accepting of same-sex marriage, his party currently backs conversion therapy for minors, a practice that California has outlawed.For years, the Texas GOP has been attempting to undermine , the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized relations between same-sex partners.There's some good news for LGB citizens: Houston mayor Annise Parker (an out lesbian) passed a non-discrimination ordinance in May, promising equal access to employment, housing and healthcare.
Eight Longhorn towns rank among the worst for LGBT people, with a whopping four (Lubbock, Mesquite, Mc Allen and Irving) receiving a zero score from the Human Rights Campaign.
Queer women have it even worse, as the state continually ranks among the worst places for women, with the most abysmal healthcare system in the country.
As just 34 percent of the state's population believes in the freedom to marry, Silver estimates that the Mississippi electorate wouldn't get around to it for another decade or so.
In addition, a survey from the showed that the state has almost no protections for LGBT people, outright banning marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
In April, Mississippi passed a "religious freedom" law that would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT couples; the bill was strikingly similar to the one Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed last year.