Category Archives for LGBT issues

It’s Been a Bad Week for the Religious Right, Even in Texas

Religious-right activists can’t be a happy lot today. The week started with the U.S. Senate voting Monday to short-circuit attempts to filibuster the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect LGBT people from job discrimination. A Senate vote to pass ENDA is expected this week. Rick Scarborough of Texas-based Vision America denounced the Senate’s vote […]

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Clear Sign of Election Around the Corner: Houston Religious-Right Group Trots Out Anti-Gay Hysteria

The Houston Area Pastor Council — one version of essentially the same group (along with the Texas Pastor Council and U.S. Pastor Council) headed by Houston hate-meister Dave Welch — is rallying his troops again as an election day nears. But it’s fair to ask whether the nakedly anti-gay hysteria Welch promotes is fading as an […]

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Texas Religious-Right Legal Group Signs on to Represent Football Analyst Dumped Over Anti-Gay Comments

Liberty Institute, a viciously anti-gay religious-right litigation group based in Plano near Dallas, announced today that it will represent a college football analyst who was dumped by Fox Sports for anti-gay comments he made when running for a U.S. Senate seat from Texas in 2012. In an email to his group’s supporters this afternoon, Liberty […]

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Equality Defeats Fear and Hate: San Antonio Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance

This afternoon a strong majority on the San Antonio City Council voted to add protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons as well as military veterans to the city’s policies barring discrimination in employment for public workers and city contractors. The policy also provides protections in housing and public accommodations. The new ordinance expands […]

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PolitiFact to Religious-Right Group Texas Values: FALSE

The debate over the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio appears headed to a possible conclusion when the city council votes on Thursday. As expected, the religious right has engaged in a great deal of misinformation and fear mongering during the debate, either at public hearings, in the press, via social media or through Ken […]

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Texas Ed Board Member Ken Mercer Promotes Fear and Hate in San Antonio Anti-Discrimination Debate

We already knew that Texas State Board of Education member Ken “Cat-Dog” Mercer, R-San Antonio, arrogantly questions the religious faith of people who oppose teaching public school students discredited creationist arguments against evolution in their science classrooms. Now we see that Mercer also has no problem using fear and hate to promote discrimination. Below is a […]

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San Antonio NDO: Final Vote This Thursday

This is a big week for equality in San Antonio. On Thursday the city council will take a final vote on a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance that would add protections for the LGBT community. Here’s coverage from the San Antonio Current to bring you up to speed on matters. As you can tell by the story, […]

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The Hateful, Cynical Campaign Against San Antonio’s Nondiscrimination Ordinance

This past week it became clear just how hateful and cynical the campaign to defeat a proposed San Antonio nondiscrimination ordinance has become. The ordinance would add LGBT people and veterans to existing city nondiscrimination protections in employment, housing and public accommodations. The City Council is planning to vote on the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance on September 5. […]

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Religious-Right Groups Want to Gut Protections, Support Discrimination in San Antonio

Religious-right groups are demanding that San Antonio’s nondiscrimination policies include a religious exemption for individuals — an exemption that would effectively gut not just proposed protections for LGBT people (protections those anti-gay groups oppose), but also existing protections against discrimination based on gender, race, age, disability and even religion. The offices of San Antonio City […]

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What John Hagee Didn’t Say

This is what rapidly changing attitudes and a shift toward acceptance and equality across the country, and even in Texas, will (potentially) do to the stridently anti-gay religious right. The San Antonio-Express News is out with a story this week about the Alamo City’s efforts to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that, among other things, says […]

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