Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Robert Lloyd, recalling his interview for a constable position in Williamson County. A judge will soon decide whether the county is discriminating by asking interviewees about religion, abortion and gay marriage.
I was shocked. I was sick to my stomach when I left because I had never believed that things like this in government would go on.
The Houston Chronicle editorial board putting the anti-HERO campaign’s ‘bathroom issue’ to rest.
The fact is, Woodfill and company are not concerned that men dressing up as women are just waiting for HERO to pass so they can don skirts, blouses and high heels and assault women and girls in public bathrooms. Their aim is to defeat an ordinance that partially benefits gay and transgender Houstonians, people whose lives they can’t accept.
Brian Thompson, attorney for Sonemaly Phrasavath, whose request for an amended death certificate to list her late wife as her legal spouse is being denied by the state attorney general — despite an official assurance to a federal judge the day before that the state was in full compliance with the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.
This is not, for her, about the money. This is about respect and dignity, the kinds of words Justice Kennedy used in his opinion in Obergefell, and all Paxton’s office is trying to do is deny Sonemaly the dignity of being recognized as Stella’s spouse.
Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., on Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempts to force a government shutdown if Planned Parenthood isn’t defunded.
I don’t want to use a failed tactic for political purposes knowing that it’s not going to succeed. It will certainly get Sen. Cruz a lot of attention, which is obviously something that anybody running for president would want to get.