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Poll: Big Shifts in American Views on Social Issues

A new Gallup poll has some troubling news for the religious right: For the first time since the firm began asking the question in 1999, the percentage of Americans identifying as liberal on social issues is the same as the percentage identifying as socially conservative. The poll, conducted May 6-10, shows that 31 percent of Americans […]

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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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National Support for the Freedom to Marry at Record High Even as Texas Republicans Resist

While some Texas legislators and far-right groups continue to push measures to block the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples, a new Gallup poll shows their views are shared by a steadily shrinking minority of people across the country. The poll released today shows that a record-high 60 percent of Americans say that marriages between same-sex couples should be […]

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Protecting Your Religious Freedom — So Long as You’re Christian?

That’s a tweet today from the Texas Senate Republican Caucus. Apparently, nothing says “protecting your religious freedom” better than saying it while promoting the symbol of the majority religious faith. Courageous, yes?

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Big Polling News: Texas Voters Reject Anti-LGBT Discrimination

We’ve been telling you about all the bills filed in the Texas Legislature this year that would enshrine into state law discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. But what do Texas voters think about this? A new poll shows pro-discrimination politicians may have seriously miscalculated. Check out the press release we just sent. A […]

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How the Religious Right Corrupts Christianity

As we’ve said before, the religious right isn’t really a religious movement. It’s a political movement that uses religion as a weapon to divide Americans and push an agenda. And that agenda often promotes a peculiar version of political Christianity. So we weren’t surprised this week to see a fundraising letter from a California-based group called The Center […]

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Discrimination Supporters Will Continue Legal Fight Against Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

Religious-right opponents of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) announced today that they will continue their legal fight for the right to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A state court on April 17 ruled that HERO opponents had failed to gather enough valid signatures on a petition to put repeal of ordinance up for a public […]

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TFN Statement on HERO Ruling

A state judge today ruled that opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance did not gather enough valid petition signatures to force a repeal vote on the ordinance, which bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, religion, gender, military status and other categories. The anti-discrimination protections cover employment, housing and public […]

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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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Roy Moore Says Blame the Hippies

State lawmakers typically don’t take too kindly to outsiders coming to Texas and telling them what to do. Except, of course, if we’re talking about keeping equal rights away from LGBT individuals. Then some lawmakers these days are all ears. Dozens of elected officials stood outside the Capitol earlier today to welcome Alabama Supreme Court Chief […]

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