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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With Houston's Dec. 12 mayoral runoff election just a little over a week away, the far-right Houston Area Pastor Council is intensifying its vicious anti-gay campaign against one of the candidates. The group's leader, Dave Welch, has joined with other religious-righters in a coordinated attack on mayoral candidate Annise Parker -- currently the city's controller -- because she is a lesbian. On Wednesday Welch continued his attacks in an e-mail to HAPC activists. His e-mail includes an essay he wrote for the far-right World Net Daily Web site. Read More

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“The fundamental dignity of every person, our right to be free, and the freedom to make moral choices are gifts endowed by God, our creator. However, it is not my personal calling as a pastor in America to comment or interfere in the political process of other nations.”

— Evangelical minister Rick Warren, commenting on a proposed law in Uganda that would make homosexuality punishable by death. Warren has had a close affiliation with a prominent Ugandan religious-right leader who supports the law.

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That got your attention, didn't it? That's what one far-right group in Texas was counting on today when it sent out a hair-on-fire fundraising e-mail with that subject line. We wanted to give you a taste of how far-right extremists are trying to frighten and shake down folks for money these days. From the e-mail: "Just days ago, President Obama signed the so-called 'Hate Crimes' bill into law. This bill is an attack on religious freedom like never before. We must not stand by and do nothing! This new federal law could actually criminalize pastors and ordinary citizens who speak out biblically against homosexuality." Of course, that's a lie. Read More

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“There’s a cultural war going on in our society today. I feel that homosexual behavior is an affront to the family values of one man-one woman, and homosexual behavior, to any society that’s embraced it, has led to the extinction of that society.”

— Dave Wilson, longtime anti-gay activist, defending his new mail piece to Houston voters attacking one of the candidates in the city’s mayoral runoff election because she is a lesbian

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From today’s TFN News Clips:

“I found it offensive that she repeatedly brought it up. By the fourth time she mentioned it, I felt God wanted me to express how I felt about the matter, so I did. But my tone was downright apologetic. I said, ‘Regarding your homosexuality, I think that’s bad stuff.'”

— Peter Vadala, a Massachusetts man who says he was fired from his job after he told a female colleague he thought her marriage to another woman was wrong.

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