TFN Statement: Court Decision Means Anti-Equality Politicians Are Renewing Culture War over MarriageShare
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review an important marriage case means Texas politicians will renew their culture war battle over equality. We just sent out the following press statement: Read More
The highest Republican elected officials in Texas have now officially joined the appalling campaign to use state and local governments to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples. Let's be clear: this is nothing more than a shameful effort to validate the hatred of religious-righters for LGBT Texans and their families. Read More
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is one of the most notorious anti-LGBT politicians in the country. In March 2015 he even railed against same-sex marriage at a rally at the Texas Capitol. He was joined at the rally by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton as well as other politicians. Today, however, Alabama's Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term because he had ordered probate judges in his state to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year striking down laws banning same-sex marriage. Read More
One year ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, ruled that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry. The ruling legalized marriage for all in the states where it wasn’t already allowed, including Texas.
Same-sex marriage in Texas has been fiercely opposed by far-right politicians and religious-right groups both before and after it became legal. Texas, in fact, was one of the states that banned same-sex marriage by passing a state constitutional amendment against it.
So in honor of the first anniversary since all Texans and all Americans gained the freedom to marry, let’s look back at some of the most ridiculous predictions that never came true from Texans who fought the freedom to marry tooth-and-nail.1. Hotze: If same-sex marriage is legalized, its opponents face prosecution.
Steven Hotze, the anti-LGBT activist from Houston, warned that same-sex marriage opponents would be prosecuted for hate speech:
“If the Texas Marriage Amendment is overturned permanently, then every Texas citizen, every church and business would be coerced and compelled to recognize and affirm homosexuality and other deviant sexual relationships as morally and legally equivalent to marriage. If this occurs then anyone who speaks out against homosexuality and deviant sexual… Read More
It's been clear to observers over the last year that opponents of LGBT equality have cynically shifted their rhetoric from attacking same-sex marriage to promoting "religious liberty" as an excuse to discriminate. Now the website Five Thirty Eight details this shift. Read More