Category Archives for LGBT issues

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Guest Post: The Golden Rule We All Share Is Waiting to Be Lived Out, by Rev. Dr. Kyle M. Walker

TFN Insider is pleased to present this guest post from Rev. Dr. Kyle M. Walker, Transitional Pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church in Austin. In February, Kyle participated in Faith Advocacy Day, sponsored by TFN and Equality Texas. He writes about how that experience prompted him to work within his own denomination to build opposition to […]

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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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Delicious

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 […]

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Texas GOP Legislator Matt Krause Decides Discrimination Is More Important Than Jobs for Texans

On Monday state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he would no longer support his HJR 55, a controversial state constitutional amendment that supporters claim protects religious freedom in Texas but in reality opens the door to using religion to discriminate and harm others. On Wednesday, state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, refiled the measure as HJR 125. […]

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Former NFLer, Fox Sports Analyst Craig James Says Satan Is Behind Movement for LGBT Equality

Former NFL player and football TV analyst Craig James is fully embracing his new job as an anti-gay activist for religious-right groups. Now he’s suggesting that supporters of LGBT equality are doing Satan’s work. Late last week the Texan talked on a radio program from the Family Research Council — which the Southern Poverty Law Center labels an anti-gay […]

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Texas Lawmaker Reverses Course on Misguided ‘Religious Freedom’ Amendment

We have very good news to share regarding at least one of the proposed constitutional amendments in Texas this year that would allow government officials and individuals to use religion to discriminate. Late Monday afternoon, state Rep. Jason Villalba sent out a press release saying that he intends to “reconsider entirely” his proposed HJR 55. […]

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Talking Points

From today’s TFN News Clips: “Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” — Dr. Ben Carson, a potential presidential candidate and a favorite of far-right Republicans and tea party activists, explaining […]

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