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

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

Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, one of the most anti-LGBT lawmakers in the Legislature, took to Facebook today to criticize those who call the Orlando massacre a hate crime targeting LGBT people. He suggests that the sexual orientation of the victims didn't matter -- that maybe the shooter simply thought the bar was a good place to slaughter people because it's a "gun free zone" or a place "where sounds are hard to decipher and lights are low": Read More

The Lies Behind the Hate

Dave Welch, the Houston-based religious-right leader who helped lead the smear campaign to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance last year, wants folks to think he really supports equality for all. But his own rancid rhetoric betrays him. Read More

Texas Freedom Network

The contortions it takes for Texas Values to make an argument. "Houston voted against HERO two years ago and the A… twitter.com/i/web/st…

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