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The State Affairs Committee of the Texas of Representatives on Wednesday is set to hear testimony on one of the 20 bills in the current legislative session that promote discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans. House Bill 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, would bar state and local officials from issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage.

Supporters of HB 4105 claim that they’re just trying to ensure that Texas retains “sovereignty” over marriage and the right to “define” marriage as a union between one man and one woman. But they’re using it as yet an opportunity to bash LGBT people as evil and perverted. See, for example, this appalling excerpt in a “Legislative Alert” today from the right-wing group Texas Eagle Forum:

The idea that homosexuals could marry is a ‘mirage.’ It is a counterfeit and a lie. It is wrong, first and foremost, because it violates God’s Divine Law in the Bible, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Secondly, it violates natural… Read More

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond. Read More

First things first: a big round of applause for Texas Monthly‘s R.G. Ratcliffe, who dug up this info. We encourage you to venture over to the magazine’s website to ready his piece.

Here are some interesting numbers Ratcliffe dug up:

75758: 180 75756: 74 75770: 55 75763: 61 75751: 46* 75148: 100 75124: 63 75143: 91 75158: 49 75142: 67 75160: 97 75126: 67 75161: 35* 75114: 34* 75147: 18* 75778: 24*

Random numbers? No. As you probably guessed, the first number is a zip code. The number after the zip code is the number of teen pregnancies per 1,000 teenagers in that zip code. The asterisk indicates a teen pregnancy rate for that zip code that is below the average rate for the entire state, which is 47 for every 1,000 teenagers. Only 5 of those 16 zip codes are below the state’s rate.

What all those zip codes have in common is that they’re in the state House district represented by Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman.

A couple of nights ago, during the House debate on the state budget, Spitzer drew plenty of attention… Read More

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is condemning offensive comments from Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, that equate allowing individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans with protecting Jewish and gay shop owners from serving people who hate them. Here’s the press release we just sent out:

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is condemning offensive comments from Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, that equate allowing individuals and businesses to use religion to discriminate with protecting Jewish and gay shop owners from serving people who hate them. TFN is issuing the following statement from Miller:

“Making such bizarre and wildly offensive comparisons to justify passing a bill that allows people to use religion as a weapon to discriminate is beyond cynical. Even worse is that Rep. Krause callously ignores the real-life consequences of reopening the door to the kind of unfair and cruel discrimination our country rightly turned its back on decades ago. His bill could lead to individuals being denied jobs, housing and even public services we all take for granted simply because of who they are and whom they love. And… Read More

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