You know the Texas Legislature has come up with a truly bad idea for amending the state constitution when the Ku Klux Klan turns out to be the proposal's highest-profile backer come election time. The nation's best-known hate group is rallying in Austin today to support enshrining discrimination against gay people in the state's governing charter. Reported Bloomberg News:

Steven Edwards, Grand Dragon of Texas for the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, said the rally will help get the word out about the vote. He said his group, which won't be wearing its white robes or hoods today, plans to keep the gathering peaceful and refrain from shouting racial epithets.

``We decided to rally so people would know about the election and come out to vote against the homosexual lifestyle,'' Edwards, who lives in San Angelo, said in a telephone interview. ``It's time for Christians to come out of the closet and vote.''

That's truly nonsense. It's time for Christians, and everyone of good conscience, to stand up against the discrimination and bigotry this ill-conceived amendment has brought out of the closet. Texans will get their chance on Tuesday to do just that.