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Here Is How Religious-Right Activists Sound So Much Like Opponents of Interracial Marriage Decades Ago

Redefining #marriage “equals” no safeguards against “freedom to marry” multiple people for love, polygamy. #txlege — Jonathan Saenz (@jonathansaenzTX) January 22, 2015 “Redefining #marriage “equals” no safeguards against “freedom to marry” multiple people for love, polygamy.” Jonathan Saenz, the lawyer/lobbyist who heads the anti-gay group Texas Values, is once again making arguments Americans heard long […]

Posted in Jonathan Saenz, LGBT issues, marriage equality, TFNEF | 4 Comments

Prominent Texas GOP Activist: Gay Marriage a ‘Mirage,’ Promotes ‘Perverse Sexual Practices’

Religious-righters are turning to increasingly vitriolic rhetoric as they rally around proposed legislation that would bar any state or local officials in Texas from issuing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples if federal courts, including the Supreme Court, strike down the state ban on such unions. House Bill 623 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, would bar the […]

Posted in LGBT issues, marriage equality, Steven Hotze, TFN | 3 Comments

Texas Far-Right Group Directly Attacks Religious Faith of Elected Leaders Who Support Equality

Religious-right activists are now directly attacking the faith of elected city officials in Plano in an increasingly vitriolic campaign to repeal the North Texas city’s new anti-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance, passed in December, bars discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations. Religious-right activists have been trying for weeks to frighten Plano residents by arguing that the ordinance will endanger […]

Posted in Greg Abbott, Houston Area Pastor Council, LGBT issues, Texas Pastor Council, TFNEF | 4 Comments

Marking Religious Freedom Day: A Lesson for the Religious Right

Today is Religious Freedom Day, marking the anniversary of the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. Authored by Thomas Jefferson, the statute served as a model for other states. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution also includes the principle of religious freedom protected by the Virginia statute. The statute reads, in part: “Be it enacted by […]

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Fear-Mongering in Plano

Religious-right activists have adopted a consistent strategy in trying to stop or repeal city ordinances barring discrimination against LGBT people: use faith to divide and cultivate fear, hate and contempt. The latest example is in Plano, where in December the City Council passed an ordinance barring discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations. In their […]

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Parade of Gun Fanatics at the Texas Capitol

Post by Kory Watkins. This appalling and incredibly offensive video is from the office of Texas state Rep. Poncho Nevárez earlier today, the opening day of the 2015 legislative session in Austin. Issues involving the Second Amendment and gun safety laws aren’t in the Texas Freedom Network’s issue set. But we oppose right-wing fanaticism, including the petulant, […]

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Greg Abbott’s Hypocrisy

Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is getting well-deserved criticism for his comments at a conservative forum about city ordinances that ban fracking and disposable plastic bags at stores. Claiming that such measures show that Texas is being “Californianized,” Abbott absurdly argued that they represent intolerable limits on freedom: “That is contrary to my vision for Texas. My vision is one […]

Posted in Greg Abbott, marriage equality, TFNEF | 4 Comments

2015 Texas Lege: Contender for Most Ridiculous Bill of the Session

A Texas legislator who opposes same-sex marriage has a message for federal courts and gay people: “Screw you.” The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is set to consider on Friday a case that could overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Texas. But state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, wants Texas to ignore a ruling that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution. […]

Posted in 2015 Texas Legislature, LGBT issues, marriage equality, TFN | 5 Comments

Texas Voucher Scam Would Shift Hundreds of Millions in Tax Dollars from Public to Private Schools

On Wednesday anti-public education politicians rallied behind a proposed new voucher scheme to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars each year from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools in Texas. Those funding transfers would come on top of billions in funding cuts to public schools passed by the Legislature in 2011 — cuts lawmakers still haven’t fully restored. […]

Posted in 2015 Texas Legislature, TFN, vouchers | 14 Comments

TFN, Partner Orgs Unite in Fight Against Extreme Anti-Abortion Law in Texas

The Texas Freedom Network has joined with six other organizations in issuing a joint press release about today’s U.S. Fifth Circuit Court hearing on House Bill 2, the extreme anti-abortion law passed in 2013 by the Texas Legislature. AT FIFTH CIRCUIT HEARING, GROUPS UNITE IN FIGHT AGAINST HB 2 Appeals Court to Consider Challenge to Extreme Anti-Abortion Law […]

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