Category Archives for LGBT issues

How Did the Tea Party/Religious Right Lose So Badly on LGBT Discrimination in the Texas Legislature?

One of the most remarkable outcomes of the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature is the complete failure of the broadest legislative assault on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community anywhere in the country. It’s so remarkable in large part because Texas is deeply red state in which religious-right/tea party activists make up a powerful part of the […]

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You Get Nothing. You Lose. Good Day, Sir.

As the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature comes to a close today, the Texas Freedom Network is joining with our fantastic coalition partners to celebrate the complete failure of the religious right’s broad legislative assault on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. We just sent out the following press release: While bills promoting discrimination […]

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One Final Indignity

Senate Resolution 1028 (click to enlarge) The Texas Legislature will leave town when the session concludes this Monday. Going into the session, TFN and our allies knew we would be on the defensive on several issues. This was especially true on LGBT rights because of the impending U.S. Supreme Court decision, expected next month, that could […]

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Houston Passed Landmark Anti-Discrimination Ordinance a Year Ago Today

One year ago today, Houston’s City Council adopted a sweeping civil rights ordinance that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, sex, military status and other characteristics. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which religious-right groups bitterly oppose, covers discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. The Texas Freedom Network proudly supported the passage […]

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Drama in the Texas Lege: Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bill Stopped Again, But Another Fight on the Way

UPDATE, 10 a.m., May 28: State Sen. Eddie Lucio, R-Brownsville, announced Wednesday night that he was withdrawing from Senate consideration the bill he had revised to include language barring state and local officials from providing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Earlier in the day, state Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, passed up a final […]

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Texas Senate Committee Revives Zombie Marriage Discrimination Bill

We’ve been warning that this was possible — no bill is ever entirely dead until the Legislature goes home. We just sent out the following press release: Just two weeks after it died in the Texas House, a measure designed to subvert a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex […]

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A Busy Sunday at the Legislature

It was a hectic Sunday at the Texas Legislature. Thank you to tall who took action and contacted your reps during the holiday weekend. Here’s what happened on what turned out to be not much of a holiday for legislators. Sanford’s anti-LGBT amendment State Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, did not get an opportunity to offer […]

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Texas AG Paxton Praises Louisiana Governor’s Discrimination Order

As this year’s legislative session nears an end in Texas, major bills promoting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are stalled. So what happens if none of those bills passes? Our neighboring state to the east might be providing one possible answer. On Tuesday a legislative committee in Louisiana essentially rejected a sweeping, Indiana-style discrimination […]

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Anti-LGBT Discrimination Amendments Are a Danger in Texas House on Thursday

We’re down to just 12 days left in the 2015 legislative session in Texas, and attacks on LGBT equality are becoming increasingly desperate. Rumors are swirling about potential amendments to SB 2065, which is scheduled for debate by the Texas House on Thursday. Religious-right groups are clamoring for passage of SB 2065, which they say […]

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Another Discrimination Measure Hits a Roadblock in Texas House

On Monday, for the second time in less than a week, legislation promoting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hit a roadblock in the Texas House. That’s good news. What’s not is that the lawmaker promoting that discrimination amendment was willing to put abused and neglected children at further risk so that he could push […]

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