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TFN PRESIDENT EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT IN ABBOTT’S SBOE CHAIR CHOICE
Bahorich Appointment Almost Guarantees Continued Culture War Battles at SBOE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2015
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is expressing disappointment in Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision, announced today, to appoint State Board of Education member Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, as board chair:
“If Gov. Abbott wanted to demonstrate that he won’t continue his predecessor’s efforts to politicize and undermine our state’s public schools, this appointment falls far short. The governor has appointed as board chair an ideologue who voted to adopt new textbooks that scholars sharply criticized as distorting American history, who rejected public education for her own family and who supports shifting tax dollars from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools through vouchers. This appointment almost guarantees that the board will continue to put culture war agendas ahead of educating more than 5 million Texas kids.”
In 2013, her first year on the board, Bahorich voted against a resolution urging the Legislature to reject private school vouchers. Bahorich also homeschooled her three sons and then sent them to private and religious school. The board adopted controversial new social studies textbooks in 2014.
The… Read More
EXTREMISTS UNDERMINED CHANCES FOR REAL PROGRESS IN TEXAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Tea Party Temper Tantrums Skewed Legislative Priorities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 1, 2015
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller issued the following statements on the end of the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature today:
On the effect of tea party extremists on the Legislature: “This session highlighted how tea party ideologues have slowed progress and skewed legislative priorities with scorched-earth tactics and extreme, uncompromising demands. Lawmakers wasted a lot of time on issues like guns, abortion and discriminating against gay and transgender Texans. Meanwhile, they failed to address truly serious problems that concern most Texas families, like underfunded public schools, lack of access to health care and the millions of dollars that anonymous special interests spend to influence our elections. That’s what happens when you try to please extremists who threaten and stomp their feet when they don’t get their way.
Tea party temper tantrums shouldn’t dictate legislative priorities. But they will until more Texans turn out at the polls and stop letting an extreme, vocal minority define what true Texas values are.”
On Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s failure to pass private school vouchers: “The only… Read More
TFN HAILS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HOUSTON ANTI-DISCRIMINATION MEASURE
Passage of Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Marked Major Step Forward for Equality in Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2015
To mark today’s first anniversary of the Houston City Council’s passage of a comprehensive Equal Rights Ordinance, TFN President Kathy Miller issued the following statement:
“The passage of the Houston ordinance was a landmark moment in an ongoing campaign to ensure equality for all Texans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. No one should be fired from a job, evicted from their home or denied public services simply because of who they are or whom they love. All Texans should be equal under law.
This year Texas legislators filed more than 20 bills promoting discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We look forward to the day when the Legislature instead follows the example of cities like Houston and protects all Texans from discrimination.”
Houston was the last major city in Texas to pass a comprehensive civil rights ordinance that includes protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as well as other characteristics such as race,… Read More
TEXAS HOUSE TO TAKE UP INDIANA-STYLE BILL SUBVERTING POTENTIAL SUPREME COURT RULING ON MARRIAGE
HB 4105 Would Put Texas on Collision Course with Freedom, Lead to National Uproar Similar to What Happened in Indiana
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2015
Civil liberties and LGBT rights organizations today joined in warning the Texas House of Representatives against passage next week of legislation intended to subvert a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage and lock in discrimination against gay and lesbian families.
HB 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, is set for debate and a vote on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 12.
The bill would prohibit local and state officials from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples, and it bans public funding from being used to do so. The bill’s supporters have said their goal is to defy a potential Supreme Court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
HB 4105 is one of more than 20 proposed bills in the Texas Legislature that would enshrine in state law discrimination against gay and transgender Texans.
Chuck Smith,… Read More
NEW POLL SHOWS LONG LIST OF PROPOSED TEXAS BILLS PROMOTING ANTI-LGBT DISCRIMINATION CONTRADICTS WHAT VOTERS WANTShare
NEW POLL SHOWS LONG LIST OF PROPOSED TEXAS BILLS PROMOTING ANTI-LGBT DISCRIMINATION CONTRADICTS WHAT VOTERS WANT
Large Majority of Likely Voters in Texas Support Protecting Gay and Transgender Texans from Discrimination, Reject Using Religion to Discriminate
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2015
A new poll shows that the more than 20 bills filed in the Legislature that promote discrimination against gay and transgender people don’t reflect the values of a large majority of Texans, the president of the Texas Freedom Network said.
“These poll results should serve as a wake up call for those who think promoting discrimination is a good political strategy in Texas,” Miller said. “Passing these bills wouldn’t just damage our state’s national reputation and bring to Texas the same condemnation from business and the rest of the country that we saw with similar legislation in Indiana. We also know now that these bills contradict the values of a large majority of Texas voters, who think discrimination against people because of who they are and whom they love is just plain wrong.”
Bills filed in the Legislature this year appear to be part of a strategy to subvert a potential… Read More