Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Rafael Cruz, father of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, claiming that the Bible tells you “exactly who to vote for.”
Jackie Milton, head of the Texas group of Operation American Spring, a rally that was supposed to bring 10 million to 30 million “patriots” to Washington D.C. to overthrow the “elected Republican and Democrat usurpers and despots.”
We were getting over two inches of rain an hour in parts of Virginia this morning. Now it’s a nice sunny day. But this is a very poor turnout. It ain’t no millions. And it ain’t looking like there’s going to be millions. Hundreds is more like it.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, striking down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Because Oregon’s marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest, the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
U.S. District Judge John E Jones III in his decision declaring the Pennsylvania state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history. An appropriate order shall issue.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, saying that religious freedom does not apply to Christian denominations that support gay rights.
I would use that term ‘Christian’ loosely. That title is — let’s talk biblical, here’s the deal, it’s like with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that we worked on in Mississippi and failed in Arizona and other places, here’s a test of what is a true religious freedom, a freedom that’s based on orthodox religious viewpoints. It has to have a track record, it has to come forth from religious orthodoxy.
You cannot point to the Christian faith and say that same-sex marriage has been a key teaching of the church. You can only point to the opposite, that the church has stood against sexual immorality in terms of sexual relations of those outside of marriage and in particular homosexual behavior. There is no place, there is nothing for them to stand on and say that same-sex marriage has standing in the orthodox Christian faith.
They’re playing games here, trying to turn the effort that so many Americans are now faced with of preserving religious freedom, they’re now trying to do a jujitsu move and say, ‘We’re going to use religious freedom to say we have a right to do same-sex marriage.’ Well, there is no foundation for that, there is no orthodox Christian holding that has ever said marriage is between people of the same sex.
TFN founder and current president of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, on the Texas Legislature’s record on women’s health.
Over the last few years, the women of Texas have been walking around as if they were wearing targets. The state Legislature has been taking aim at their health and rights over and over again.
Former Indiana House of Representatives member Don Boys in a recently posted screed against homosexuality.
The fascists at the Homosexual Lobby are thrilled that [gay NFL player Michael] Sam has strolled out of the closet in support of their twisted, tangled, tawdry agenda. The homosexual leaders are the most vile, vicious, and vitriolic people in the world.
Rob Henneke, a Republican candidate for Texas House District 53.
I’m very concerned about the infiltration of our society by Muslims right now in Texas. I don’t think people are aware about how pervasive that has become in our society.
Liberty Counsel attorney Harry Mihet claiming that atheists, who are bringing a suit in Kentucky federal court against the tax-exempt status of religious groups on grounds of discrimination, may have opened the door for challenges from Christians and other faith groups in the future.
If atheism or humanism are religions themselves, and public schools decide to teach the tenets of those religions while excluding the tenets of other theistic religions, then that is discriminatory treatment in and of itself.