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Never Mind Indiana — The Legislative Assault on LGBT Texans Is Even Worse

Indiana’s anti-LGBT discrimination has been hot news since last week. But Texas is in a league of its own when it comes to anti-LGBT discrimination legislation this year. We just sent out this joint press release with Equality Texas and the ACLU of Texas: While outrage grows over potential discrimination allowed by religious refusal laws […]

TFN Press Release: Senate Voucher Bills Hide Massive Cost to Public Schools and Texas Students

As the Senate Education Committee hears testimony on three reckless private school voucher bills, we just sent out the following press release: Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today called proposed bills under consideration in the Senate Education Committee today reckless and even cynical schemes to shift funding from neighborhood public schools to private and […]

Voucher Lobby Launches Full Frontal Assault on Texas Public Schools

Powerful interests pushing private school voucher schemes in Texas are launching today what might be their strongest attack on neighborhood public schools in years. The Senate Education Committee is hearing public testimony on three proposed voucher bills — each one of which could end up draining billions of dollars from public education to subsidize tuition at private and religious schools. […]

TFN Tells Texas Lawmakers: Stop the Temper Tantrum over Freedom to Marry

Today the State Affairs Committee in the Texas House of Representatives is taking up outrageous legislation that would force public officials to disregard any U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage in Texas is unconstitutional. We sent out the following press release. HOUSE BILL 1745 REPRESENTS A LEGISLATIVE TEMPER TANTRUM BY LAWMAKERS OPPOSED TO […]

Texas Anti-Gay Rally: Homosexuality is ‘America’s Real Cancer’

Religious-right groups rallied Monday at the Texas Capitol to, as they insisted, stand up for traditional marriage. But don’t be fooled. The rally was really about riling up anti-gay activists as equality for LGBT families — at least on marriage — gets closer to reality. In fact, the rally brought out some of the most strident voices of […]

Rick Perry’s New Campaign Hire Thinks God Doesn’t Want Women to Be Leaders

Rick Perry has left the Texas governor’s office behind, but he still likes associating with religious-righters who want to take America back to the 1950s (or further). The Des Moines Register in Iowa reports that Perry has hired an ordained minister and radio broadcaster with ties to religious-right activists to serve as senior director on his upcoming […]

Texas Legislator: Businesses Should Be Able to Discriminate Against Anyone

The Texas Observer has an interesting interview with state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, who has filed a number of bills (such as this one) this year that would protect the ability to discriminate against LGBT people. Bell says the purpose of his bills are to defend states’ rights and religious freedom. Check out the video clip included […]

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The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Comic Jon Stewart takes a look at the legislative temper tantrum over LGBT equality that is sweeping through conservative states — and he saves some of his best stuff for the Lone Star State. After all, how could he pass […]

Tell Texas Lawmakers You Support Access to Birth Control for Teen Parents

When Texas lawmakers two years ago passed extreme legislation limiting access to abortion care, they promised to come back this legislative session to address the issue of unintended pregnancy. Now they can take a first step toward keeping that promise. The State Affairs Committee of the Texas House is set on Wednesday to hear testimony […]