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NEVER MIND INDIANA — TEXAS IS IN ITS OWN LEAGUE WHEN IT COMES TO ANTI-LGBT DISCRIMINATION BILLS THIS YEAR 

At Least 20 Proposed Bills Would Encourage or Even Mandate Discrimination against LGBT Texans and Their Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 31, 2015

While outrage grows over potential discrimination allowed by religious refusal laws in Indiana and other states, Texas lawmakers are considering at least 20 bills in the current legislative session that would subject lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to discrimination and even criminal prosecution.

“As troubling as the laws in Indiana and elsewhere truly are, Texas is in a league of its own when it comes to legislative efforts to legitimize and in some cases even mandate discrimination against its LGBT residents,” said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network. “Supporters of this avalanche of cruel, mean-spirited bills cynically declare that they should have the freedom to discriminate while ignoring the real-life consequences for people who, simply because of who they are and whom they love, could lose their jobs or homes or be denied public services that others take for granted. I’m certain most Texans don’t define freedom that… Read More

VOUCHER BILLS REPRESENT RECKLESS EFFORTS TO CUT FUNDING TO NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TFN President Criticizes Cynical Wordplay Designed to Hide Real Cost of Voucher Bills in Texas Senate Hearing Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2015

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today called proposed bills under consideration in the Senate Education Committee today reckless and even cynical schemes to shift funding from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools.

“We’ve seen lawmakers set up our neighborhood public schools to fail by cutting billions of dollars in their funding and then insisting that they do more with less,” Miller said. “Now some of the same lawmakers are pushing voucher schemes that would ultimately take away billions more to subsidize private and religious schools that aren’t even accountable to taxpayers. Enough is enough. They have to stop insisting that taxpayers essentially fund two separate school systems instead of focusing on paying for the public schools that educate the vast majority of Texas children.”

The Senate Education Committee is hearing public testimony today on three private school voucher bills, SB 4, SB 276 and SB 642. A fiscal analysis from the Coalition for Public… Read More

HOUSE BILL 1745 REPRESENTS A LEGISLATIVE TEMPER TANTRUM BY LAWMAKERS OPPOSED TO FREEDOM TO MARRY FOR LGBT COUPLES

Bill in House Hearing Today Would Set Texas on a Collision Course with the Supreme Court and History, TFN President Says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2015

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today criticized proposed legislation that would bar state and local officials from enforcing a Supreme Court order to issue marriage licenses or otherwise recognize marriage for same-sex couples.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is considering the legislation, House Bill 1745 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, at a public hearing today. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide, probably by the end of June, whether the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

“This legislation represents a temper tantrum by lawmakers who refuse to accept that the U.S. Constitution guarantees equal treatment under the law for all American families, including those headed by gay or lesbian couples.” Miller said. “Passing this bill would put our state on a collision course with both the U.S. Supreme Court and the harsh judgment of history. Texas would not fare well in either case.”… Read More

The following press release is from the Trust. Respect. Access coalition, of which the Texas Freedom Network is a part.

ADVOCATES PUSH FOR BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS FOR YOUNG PARENTS

Speakers: Trust Teens Who Are Already Parents to Make Their Own Decisions about Birth Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2015

 AUSTIN – Two years after lawmakers promised to address the high number of unintended pregnancies in Texas, reproductive health advocates are calling today for passage of common sense legislation making it easier for teens who are already parents to obtain birth control.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is set to hear testimony today on House Bill 468 by state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint. HB 468 would allow teen parents ages 15 and over to obtain birth control without having to get the consent of their parents or guardians.

“We trust teen parents with making health care decisions for their own children, but currently we don’t respect them enough to make their own decisions about birth control,” state Rep. González said. “In a state with rates of teen births and multiple births among teens that are among the highest in the nation, that simply has to… Read More

FAITH LEADERS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE WITH PUBLIC SERVICE IN AUSTIN

‘Just Texas: Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice’ Focuses on Organizing People of Faith in Support of Access to Abortion, Family Planning Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2015

Clergy and other people of faith gathered in Austin Tuesday evening at a special service launching a new campaign focused on countering the continued political attacks on reproductive health care and access to abortion and family planning services for all Texans.

The multifaith event at Temple Beth Shalom launching “Just Texas: Faith Voices for Reproductive Justice” featured a talk by Dr. Willie Parker, who shared the story of his ministry in serving at the last abortion clinic that remains open in Mississippi.

The Rev. Valda Jean Combs, a Baptist minister and currently a chaplain in Dallas, serves on the advisory committee for Just Texas. Too often the only faith voices heard on issues like abortion care and family planning are those opposed to access to such critical reproductive health care services, Combs said.

“For too long, highly vocal political activists in Texas have claimed to represent the only faith-based position on… Read More

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