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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 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

CIVIL LIBERTIES GROUPS RAISE THE ALARM ON ANTI-LGBT BILLS IN TEXAS 

Texas Pioneering Strategy to Subvert Supreme Court Ruling, Enshrine Discrimination in Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2015

Civil liberties groups warned today that Texas lawmakers are leading the way on a strategy to subvert a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage and enshrine discrimination against gay and transgender people in state law.

Bills now moving in the Texas Legislature go far beyond discriminatory bills that sparked uproar recently in Indiana and Arkansas, said Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas.

“Under the guise of protecting religious liberty, Texas lawmakers are pioneering an aggressive strategy for preserving the right to discriminate against gay and transgender families no matter what the Supreme Court says about marriage,” Burke said. “The bills that are the foundation of this strategy are gaining traction and together are much worse than what we have seen elsewhere.”

Two such bills have already received the approval of House committees and await floor votes.

HB 4105 would bar public funding to license or recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples, even if the… Read More

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