LGBTQ Rights

 

The freedom to marry became the law of the land, even here in Texas, in June of 2015. But the fight for equality didn’t end there. Texas remains a state where LGBTQ individuals can be fired from their job, denied a place to live or refused service at a business simply because of who they are or whom they love.  Far-right activists and politicians continue to work to preserve the right to discriminate and roll back gains made by the LGBTQ community at the local level.

Resources

Texans Equal Under Law

How Did the Tea Party/Religious Right Lose So Badly on LGBT Discrimination in the Texas Legislature? http://bit.ly/1Nq22Sj

New Poll Shows Long List of Proposed Texas Bills Promoting Anti-LGBT Discrimination Contradicts What Voters Want

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is one of the most notorious anti-LGBT politicians in the country. In March 2015 he even railed against same-sex marriage at a rally at the Texas Capitol. He was joined at the rally by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as other politicians. Today, however, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term because he had ordered probate judges in his state to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year striking down laws banning same-sex marriage. Read More

You might have seen this ad by Empire State Development, which is New York's economic development agency. The intent of the ad is to lure business to set up shop in the state of New York. At roughly 50 seconds in, headlines float onto the screen, including one that says Gov. Greg Abbott is OK with discrimination against gay people by public officials. The implication is that discrimination is bad for business, and businesses thinking about locating in Texas should consider New York instead. Read More

One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, ruled that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry. The ruling legalized marriage for all in the states where it wasn’t already allowed, including Texas.

Same-sex marriage in Texas has been fiercely opposed by far-right politicians and religious-right groups both before and after it became legal. Texas, in fact, was one of the states that banned same-sex marriage by passing a state constitutional amendment against it.

So in honor of the first anniversary since all Texans and all Americans gained the freedom to marry, let’s look back at some of the most ridiculous predictions that never came true from Texans who fought the freedom to marry tooth-and-nail.

1. Hotze: If same-sex marriage is legalized, its opponents face prosecution.

Steven Hotze, the anti-LGBT activist from Houston, warned that same-sex marriage opponents would be prosecuted for hate speech:

“If the Texas Marriage Amendment is overturned permanently, then every Texas citizen, every church and business would be coerced and compelled to recognize and affirm homosexuality and other deviant sexual relationships as morally and legally equivalent to marriage. If this occurs then anyone who speaks out against homosexuality and deviant sexual… Read More

We told you a few days ago how state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, thinks it "doesn't matter" that the victims massacred in the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando were LGBT. The shooter could have chosen his victims simply because the Pulse nightclub was a "gun free" zone, he absurdly argued. Now Rep. Krause is once again demonstrating that he just doesn't understand -- or simply doesn't care -- why the Orlando attack was so monstrous. Read More

Politicians and activists on the right -- including here in Texas -- want people to ignore the fact that the Orlando shooter targeted a nightclub specifically for LGBT people in the June 12 massacre. "It doesn't matter why this man picked this particular target," said state Rep. Matt Krause, for example. Rep. Krause has already said that in 2017 he will sponsor a measure that would enshrine in the Texas Constitution the right to use religion to discriminate against LGBT people. So it's no wonder that politicians like him don't want to acknowledge that the Orlando attack was motivated, in large part, by hatred of LGBT people. But there are plenty of reminders of that hatred -- and not just among murderers who claim to carry out their attacks on behalf of their twisted version of Islam. Here's what Christian pastor Roger Jimenez in Sacramento, California, told his congregants after the massacre: Read More

Equality Texas

Any bill that carries the expectation that every Texan needs a birth certificate to use the restroom is an unenforceable bill. #TXLege

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