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Texas Senate’s Preliminary Approval of Special Session Bills Makes Texas Appear Cruel to Its Most Vulnerable ResidentsShare
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 25, 2017
With its preliminary approval on second reading of a “bathroom bill” this evening, the Texas Senate over the past two days has rushed through approval of bills discriminating against transgender people and making access to abortion care even harder for Texans. Once the bills pass the Senate on third reading, the House still must take them up in the current legislative special session. Texas Freedom Network Deputy Director Ryan Valentine has the following statement:
“Despite all the lies to the contrary, the flurry of unnecessary and harmful bills flying through the Senate has never been about promoting safety and privacy or protecting women’s health. Anybody who is paying attention, including more and more businesses and people of faith every day, recognize those cynical claims for what they really are: justifications for passing cruel and discriminatory laws. We hope the House recognizes that too.”
The Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and community leaders who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.… Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is expressing her shock and dismay after the Texas Supreme Court today ruled that state and local governments do not have to treat the same-sex spouses of their employees equally to opposite-sex spouses when it comes to employment benefits. Read More
TFN President: Texans Are Watching a Slow-Motion Economic Train Wreck
AUSTIN – Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is warning that California’s decision this week to bar nonessential state travel to Texas highlights the growing risks from legislative efforts to pass laws discriminating against LGBT people.
California’s attorney general blocked state-funded travel to Texas because of the Legislature’s passage of a law allowing child adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBT people (as well as people of minority religious faiths). Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this month bowed to demands by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to include legislation discriminating against transgender people in public restrooms on the call for a special legislative session that begins July 18.
“We’re watching a slow-motion economic train wreck here, and the special session could turn that into a full-on disaster,” Miller said today. “This goes beyond the very real moral problem with discriminating against people simply because of who they are or whom they love. What should be increasingly clear even to the governor and lieutenant governor is that their obsession with writing discrimination into law risks turning Texas into a state that people and companies simply don’t want to visit or do… Read More
Today Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a deeply divisive and discriminatory bill allowing the use of religion to discriminate against LGBT Texans and others in adoption and foster care services. We just sent out the following statement. Read More
TFN PRESIDENT: GOV. ABBOTT IS DOUBLING DOWN ON THE CULTURE WARS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2017
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement calling back the Texas Legislature for a special session beginning July 18 to address various issues, including divisive, culture war topics like public restroom regulations, abortion and private school vouchers:
“Instead of forcing the Legislature to focus on bills that will really help everyday Texans, Gov. Abbott wants taxpayers once again to pay for lawmakers to turn the Capitol into a playground for their culture war obsessions. Texas faces a lot of important challenges, but how to humiliate and discriminate against transgender people in public restrooms, shame women and make it harder for them to obtain safe and legal abortion care, and undermine our neighborhood public schools with misguided voucher schemes are simply not among them. The Legislature already passed bills this session to promote discrimination against LGBT Texans and make abortion access even more difficult. But apparently even those bills weren’t extreme enough for the governor. Calling lawmakers back to Austin means simply doubling down on the culture wars. Frankly, stunts like… Read More