Category Archives for LGBT issues

Former NOM Official’s Message to Texas: ‘I’m Sorry. You’re Not Going to Be Able to Hold Out.’

It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years how many of the individuals now fighting against same-sex marriage begin to moderate their tone, or flat-out change their minds, as they come to terms with what now seems inevitable, and realize they don’t want to be immortalized in history as the people […]

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HERO Won’t Be on the Ballot in November

TFN just sent the following message regarding today’s developments in the effort to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Photo By Thomas B. Shea, for The Houston Chronicle Today a state district judge set a trial date in January for a lawsuit filed by religious-right groups seeking a public election to repeal the Houston Equal […]

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David Barton: Gay Folks and Abortion Rights Supporters Can’t Be Christians

David Barton doesn’t pretend to be just a historian. He also appears to see himself as qualified to judge who is a real Christian and who isn’t. See here, for example. Our friends at Right Wing Watch heard him do it again Wednesday on his WallBuilders Live! radio program. Lamenting the fact that polls show many young Christians don’t think homosexuality […]

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You’re Living in the Past, Man

We need to take a moment to unpack one of the religious right’s favorite talking points about marriage equality, or, more specifically, the same-sex marriage ban currently in the Texas Constitution that has been challenged in federal court. The ban was approved by voters in 2005, which was — if our math is correct — […]

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Houston Will *Not* Certify HERO Repeal Signatures

TFN President Kathy Miller just sent out the following message regarding today’s announcement on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). Moments ago the Houston city secretary announced that opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) did not gather enough valid signatures to overturn the ordinance. Despite repeated boasts by leaders of the religious right […]

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Greg Abbott’s Pitiful Defense of Inequality

Opponents of marriage equality keep trotting out the same tired arguments in an attempt to justify legalized discrimination against LGBT families. In state after state, federal courts keep knocking those arguments down. But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott makes essentially the same already-rejected arguments anyway in a new court brief defending the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. From the Texas […]

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Very Petty, Attorney General Abbott

The First Amendment might protect the right of Americans “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” but some Texans found out today that it doesn’t bar elected officials from insulting people who exercise that right. Today Equality Texas tried to deliver to the office of state Attorney General Greg Abbott thousands of petitions from Texans asking Abbott […]

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Houston Anti-Gay Leader Issues Chilling Call in Effort to Repeal Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Dave Welch, head of the far-right Houston Area Pastor Council and one of the leading voices of anti-gay hate in Texas, is calling for “imprecatory prayers” as Houston officials review petition signatures from supporters of overturning the city’s new anti-discrimination ordinance. Imprecatory prayers are those that ask God to burden, curse or even destroy wicked individuals […]

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Marco Rubio Says Opponents of Marriage Equality Are Victims of ‘Intolerance’

Religious-righters and allied politicians who are unyielding opponents of marriage equality for LGBT people have a peculiar view of “intolerance.” In a speech today at Catholic University in the nation’s capital, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, complained that he and others who reject legal recognition of same-sex marriages are unfairly called haters and  bigots: “Even before this speech is over, I will […]

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Religious-Right Groups Demand Freedom to Discriminate

Religious-right groups are, predictably, spitting venom over President Obama’s executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees of the federal government and government contractors. The executive order, which the president announced on Monday, does not include an exemption allowing employers to discriminate for religious reasons. The executive order did keep a provision from a 2002 executive order signed by President […]

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