The Week in Quotes (June 26 – July 2)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.

TFN president Kathy Miller on the Supreme Court’s ruling against HB2, the anti-abortion law passed in Texas three years ago.

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision exposed that entire argument as a total lie. It should be celebrated because justice was served today.

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Columnist Ross Ramsey, on the pattern of right-wing Texas politicians’ regulatory legislation.

Maybe it seems jarring when the courts step in like this, striking down state laws that sounded somewhat reasonable when Texas lawmakers originated them. Perhaps that’s because there was something disingenuous about the original sales pitches.

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Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, denouncing a House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform hearing on the “First Amendment Defense Act,” another so-called “religious freedom” initiative.

In most states, you can get married on Saturday, post photos of your wedding to Facebook on Sunday and then get fired or kicked out of your apartment on Monday just because you’re gay. FADA exacerbates this injustice by allowing religion to be used as a blanket excuse for denying LGBT people access to employment, housing, mental health care, emergency shelters and other essential services. This is wrong. Fairness and equality are core American values.

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Ahmed Mohamed, who was arrested in 2015 after his homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb, sharing his summer plans and life goals while visiting Irving during his school break.

I want to help change Texas for a better state, and I hope that not just for Texas, but the entire world. People sometimes don’t want to admit their mistakes, and sometimes the best thing to do is to help them change.

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