Indiana’s anti-LGBT discrimination has been hot news since last week. But Texas is in a league of its own when it comes to anti-LGBT discrimination legislation this year. We just sent out this joint press release with Equality Texas and the ACLU of Texas:

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… Read More

Today the State Affairs Committee in the Texas House of Representatives is taking up outrageous legislation that would force public officials to disregard any U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage in Texas is unconstitutional. We sent out the following press release.

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

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… Read More

Religious-right groups rallied Monday at the Texas Capitol to, as they insisted, stand up for traditional marriage. But don’t be fooled. The rally was really about riling up anti-gay activists as equality for LGBT families — at least on marriage — gets closer to reality.

In fact, the rally brought out some of the most strident voices of anti-gay hate in Texas — both at the podium and in the gathering on the Capitol’s south steps. We wonder whether Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton, who spoke at the event, agree with the sign-holder at the rally who thinks that homosexuality is a cancer and is perverting our kids, families, courts and country.

Rally backers regularly insist that they “love” LGBT people. We see little evidence of that love. Instead we see mean-spirited, hateful rhetoric like that on display at the Texas Capitol on Monday. Haters gonna hate.… Read More

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Comic Jon Stewart takes a look at the legislative temper tantrum over LGBT equality that is sweeping through conservative states — and he saves some of his best stuff for the Lone Star State. After all, how could he pass up the opportunity to lampoon a sanctimonious Texas legislator who has been married five times but is upset that a lesbian couple together for more than 30 years has tied the knot? Sic ’em, Jon.… Read More

On Wednesday, state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, filed a complaint with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct against state District Judge David Wahlberg. The alleged wrongdoing? That Wahlberg issued the order that allowed Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend to obtain a marriage license, making them the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Texas.

Quorum Report editor Scott Braddock, via Twitter, had something to say about the Tinderholt complaint.

Rep Tony Tinderholt has been married five times but is very concerned about a couple that's been together for 30 years #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

A man on his fourth wife is the biggest defender of the sanctity of marriage, y'all #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

I believe it's his fourth wife because he was married to one of them twice, as I understand it. #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

In fairness, if I had multiple failed marriages I might worry about the sanctity of the institution as well #TxLege

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) February 26, 2015

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