Category Archives for LGBT issues

David Barton Says God Doesn’t Want Vaccine for AIDS

So whose hatred is more venomous — the “God Hates Fags” crowd from Fred Phelps’ extremist congregation or David Barton, the Texas-based religious-right propagandist who thinks God is punishing gay people with AIDS? Tough call. Speaking recently at Charis Bible College in Colorado, Barton told his audience that there will never be a vaccine for AIDS pretty much because […]

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#JeSuisAppalled

The Texas-based, religious-right group Liberty Institute has hit a repulsive new low: equating the firing of an anti-gay sports commentator/politician in the United States with the January massacre of 17 people by Islamic extremists in France. In a series of tweets this month, Liberty Institute has been claiming that sports commentator Craig James of Texas and two other people […]

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VIDEO: Rev. Leslie Jackson at Faith Advocacy Day

This video is of Rev. Leslie Jackson of United Church of Christ in Houston. Rev. Jackson was one of the featured speakers at Faith Advocacy Day, a gathering at the Texas Capitol of people of faith and faith leaders who support full equality for LGBT Texans. A transcript of his remarks can be found below. […]

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Faith Leaders Speak Out for LGBT Equality in Texas

Hundreds of clergy and other faith leaders from Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian and Jewish congregations gathered today at the Texas Capitol to speak out for LGBT equality. The Texas Freedom Network co-sponsored the event with Equality Texas. Here’s the press release we sent out: FAITH LEADERS CALL FOR EQUALITY FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER TEXANS Discrimination […]

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The Constitution or ‘God’s Law’?

Speaking Sunday on Fox News, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore declared that he will continue to reject any federal court rulings that state same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. Why? God’s law (as he interprets it) trumps everything: “This power over marriage, which came from God under our organic law, is not to be redefined by the United […]

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While the Right Wants Government to Discriminate, People of Faith Are Taking a Stand for Equality

Much of the opposition to the move toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people has been focused on the right of individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate. As troubling as that is, we’re also seeing politicians work to ensure that government takes a proactive role in discriminating against LGBT people. Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, […]

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Battle over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance: Truth vs. Lies

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), as the short video above shows, isn’t hard to understand. But the rhetoric from religious-righters is increasingly vitriolic and deceitful in the reckless campaign to repeal HERO. Religious-right activists are even claiming that Mayor Annise Parker, who supports the ordinance, is calling people who have organized to oppose the ordinance “criminals.” When the City […]

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Houston Equality Opponents Want to Bar LGBT People from Serving on Jury in Lawsuit

A Texas Freedom Network staffer attended Monday’s jury selection proceedings for a lawsuit seeking to put repeal of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) up for a citywide vote. Passed by the Houston City Council last May, HERO bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religious, gender, veteran status and other categories. The discrimination protections cover […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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