The freedom to marry became the law of the land, even here in Texas, in June of 2015. But the fight for equality didn’t end there. Texas remains a state where LGBTQ individuals can be fired from their job, denied a place to live or refused service at a business simply because of who they are or whom they love.  Far-right activists and politicians continue to work to preserve the right to discriminate and roll back gains made by the LGBTQ community at the local level.

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Religious-righters in Houston are still foaming at the mouth over the election last fall of an openly gay candidate, then-city controller Annise Parker, as mayor. As reported last fall, religious extremists disingenuously claimed Parker had made her sexual orientation “a central part of her campaign” and warned that her election would be “destructive to the family.”

Among those behind the anti-Parker smear campaign was Dave Welch, head of the far-right Houston Area Pastor Council. Now the Pastor Council is denouncing two executive orders Parker signed last week protecting city employees from harassment or discrimination in hiring, promotion and contracting based on sexual orientation and gender identity. They also allow transgendered city employees — but not nonemployees — to use restroom facilities in city-owned buildings for the gender with which they identify.

In a press release today, the Pastor Council’s spokespeople warned of “cross-dressing men invading” women’s restrooms as a result. And Pastor Hernan Castano, senior pastor of Iglesia Rios de Aceite, argued that the orders were too broad:

“There are currently no legal boundaries of either of these two new categories of minority status, unlike the color of a person’s skin, their biological gender or religious… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Didn't think the curriculum battle in Texas could get any loonier? Guess again. Now right-wingers have decided that the controversy over social studies standards in Texas is part of a big homosexual conspiracy to undermine the education of young people. That's the gist of a new e-mail screed sent out by Donna Garner, the right-wing gadfly who last year circulated an e-mail suggesting that Jeffrey Dahmer became a serial murderer because he believed in the science of evolution. Read More

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“Rosa Parks did not move to the front of the bus to support sodomy.”

— Barb Davis White, a Tea Party activist and Republican candidate for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, testifying before a legislative committee contemplating the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state

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That’s the headline in a disgusting e-mail blast sent out today by Free Market Foundation the newly renamed Liberty Institute, the Texas affiliate of the far-right organization Focus on the Family. The e-mail criticizes calls from President Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, and former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell to end the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. The terribly misnamed “Liberty Institute” calls the proposed repeal an “attack on our military” and “social experimentation.”

Yet as the e-mail makes clear, military leaders themselves have called for repeal. Are those leaders attacking their own military? Really? In addition, polls show that a large majority of Americans also supports repealing the ban. So do most Americans hate the military?

Leave it to far-right pressure groups to viciously attack our nation’s military leaders and other opponents of mindless discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans who want to serve their country in a time of war. That’s because far-right extremists care more about using hate to divide Americans for political gain (and fundraising) than in truly promoting liberty. That’s… Read More

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“Forcing soldiers to cohabit with people who view them as sexual objects would inevitably lead to increased sexual tension, sexual harassment, and even sexual assault.”

— Tony Perkins, head of the far-right Family Research Council, criticizing a possible end to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars gay and lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military

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