GOP Lawmakers Face Censure Over Votes On Gun Control And Marriage

( )- This weekend, delegates to the Texas Republican Party convention will discuss a motion to reprimand Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, for voting against party policy on matters such as gay marriage, gun control, and immigration. 

In April, the Medina County Republican Party censured Gonzalez, a moderate who is a representative in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, which covers San Antonio to as far away as El Paso, for acting in contradiction to the essential ideals of the Republican Party of Texas. 

On Saturday, during their quarterly meeting in Austin, Texas, the sixty-four members of the State Republican Executive Committee will cast their votes on the resolution. 

The San Antonio Report, a nonprofit local news outlet, broke the story of the upcoming vote. 

Fellow Republicans accused Gonzales in Medina County of following a “habit of activity patently hostile” to the ideals and legislative goals of the state party. The censure resolution points to Gonzales’ support for the Respect for Marriage Act, which repealed the Defense of Marriage Act of 1994 and created federal rights for same-sex and multiracial marriage. In December, President Biden signed the bill into law. 

The Medina County Republican Party said that Gonzales’ voting record went against the Texas Republican Party’s sixth fundamental value: to protect “self-sufficient families, built on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural woman.” 

The resolution also criticizes Gonzales for voting against the House GOP rules package, failing to support border security legislation supported by every other Texas representative, and voting for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a bipartisan Second amendment law drafted in response to the shooting event in Uvalde, which Gonzalez is the representative. 

Democrats in Medina County argued Gonzalez “has been a lousy representation for his Democratic voters.” 

Requests for comment sent to Gonzales’s office were not immediately returned. 

Censoring Gonzales requires the support of three-fifths of the State Republican Executive Committee. If the resolution is approved, Gonzales may face disciplinary punishment under party rules, from allowing state Republican officials to campaign against him to withdraw financial support for his next re-election bid.