Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
American Prospect writer Dorothy Samuels, on the pending Supreme Court case involving a baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.
“Granting business owners exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on their religious beliefs would be a radical development, extending a new constitutional right.”
ACLU attorney Brigitte Amiri, on an unaccompanied immigrant minor who has sought and been denied an abortion.
“Every day that goes by is an injustice. While the government delays, there is a 17-year-old young woman waiting to find out whether she can have the abortion she wants or whether our government will force her to continue this pregnancy against her will. We are asking the court to put a stop to this now.”
Eva Long, president of the Texas division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, on how she would respond to calls for the removal of a plaque at the Texas Capitol that says the Civil War “was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery.”
“Just don’t look at it.”
Republican consultant Kelton Morgan, on Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, who announced Wednesday he won’t seek re-election.
“Say it isn’t so. Joe has been this bulwark against the crazy.”
Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University, on what Speaker Straus’ retirement means for Gov. Abbott.
“The advantage that Abbott had was he knew full well he could support that legislation with the comfort of also knowing that Joe Straus would block it.”