The Week in Quotes (May 14 – 20)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

Elizabeth Nash, senior state issue manager at the Guttmacher Institute, on Texas requesting the Trump administration green-light the state’s unprecedented efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

“We’re all terrified. This is really huge, if they let Texas do this.”


Rev. Karen Thompson, lead pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Austin, on the dozens of anti-LGBT bills at the Texas Legislature.

“I preach and teach that we are all created in the image of God. We are all beloved and are all worthy. Every time these (bills) come through, I see a negative impact on real people.”


Former Vice President Joe Biden

“My father taught me that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. It’s a simple but powerful notion that lies at the heart of our identity as Americans. It is a truth that continues to drive me today, particularly when it comes to full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”


Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, on Dan Patrick saying he will force a special session unless the House passes versions of the anti-transgender bathroom bill and a property tax reform bill.

“Governor Patrick’s threat to force a special session unless he gets everything his way is regrettable, and I hope that he reconsiders. The best way to end this session is to reach consensus on as many issues as we can. Nobody is going to get everything they want.”


TFN President Kathy Miller, on a strategy by socially conservative Republicans in the Texas House to use amendments to pass discriminatory legislation.

“We’re talking about doing real harm.”