Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
The Dallas Morning News editorial board, writing in response to Sunday’s mass shooting at an Orlando gay club.
So we must ask: When will it stop being acceptable to demonize homosexuality by those who view it as sinful, or unnatural? Too often these views come from the pulpit and the podium, when the better message is one of love and acceptance.
Dave Welch, a Houston-based religious-right leader, in an excerpt from a letter he sent last week to the Mesquite City Council after that body adopted a policy to bar LGBT discrimination in city hiring.
In addition, according to U.S. Census data, self identified ‘same sex’ households are on the top tiers of income, education, housing and, of course, are anything but politically disenfranchised. By adding these categories to your EEO Policy Statement you are letting the camel’s nose and torso into the tent for the same threats against freedom and safety citizens are fighting in increasing number of cities. Please don’t let Mesquite, Texas be one of those who fall prey to this red herring.
Spencer Cox, Utah’s lieutenant governor, in a speech at a vigil for the Orlando shooting victims, adding “my heart has changed.”
There were some kids in my class that were different. Sometimes I wasn’t kind to them. I didn’t know it at the time, but I know now that they were gay. I will forever regret not treating them with the kindness, dignity and respect — the love — that they deserved. For that, I sincerely and humbly apologize.
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks in a radio interview, defending his statement as “mainstream Muslim thought.”
The Democrats are in a perplexing position. On the one hand, they’re trying to appeal to the gay community, but, on the other hand, they’re trying to also appeal to the Muslim community, which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America.