Just a day after the Senate State Affairs Committee advanced legislation allowing licensed professionals to use religion to justify discrimination against LGBT people, new polling shows that a majority of Texans oppose such laws. Check out our press release. Read More
November’s elections showed that a rising generation of young, diverse Texans is emerging as an electoral giant. Soon 1 in 3 eligible voters in this state will be under the age of 30.
But those in power right now don’t want that. They want to hold on to power by keeping young Texans and communities of color out of the polling booth. And to do that, they’re pushing an extreme voter suppression bill in the Legislature – SB 9
Texas Rising is fighting SB9. Here’s how you can help:Register for Texas Rising Advocacy Day (April 4). Showing up in Austin to speak out in person against voter suppression is the most effective way to fight bad legislation. Contact your Senator and tell them that a) You oppose SB 9; and b) they should focus on legislation that makes voting easier, not harder. You can find your senator’s contact information by using this tool.
Here are some of the awful things in SB9:… Read More
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing discrimination in the Texas Legislature again. Today the Senate State Affairs Committee took up a sweeping bill that would allow every licensed professional in the state to use their religious beliefs to justify discrimination against LGBT Texans. Check out our press release below. UPDATE: The State Affairs Committee gave its approval to SB17 late this afternoon. Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., joined other Republicans on the committee in voting for the bill. The committee's only other Democrat, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, voted no. Read More
UPDATE: The Senate State Affairs Committee has passed SB17 and sent it on to the full Senate. Use the form below to contact your state senator to tell them you oppose SB17. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick just launched his newest legislative assault on LGBT Texans. The Senate State Affairs Committee is set to consider a sweeping discrimination bill -- SB 17 -- at a public hearing on Monday (March 25). SB17 is one of at least 15 bills that would allow businesses, counselors, doctors and other licensed professionals -- even government officials -- to use their religious beliefs as a justification for discriminating against LGBT Texans. Read More