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“Bathroom Bill” Fizzles as Republican Primary Issue

“Bathroom Bill” Fizzles as Republican Primary Issue

By Patrick Svitek, February 6, 2018 The “bathroom bill,” once touted as a surefire issue for the 2018 Republican primaries, is barely registering in them with less than a month until Election Day. Last year, state lawmakers waded into an intense, emotional debate over whether the state should restrict which bathrooms transgender Texans could use,

More LGBTQ Texans than ever are running for office, magazine says

By Rishika Dugyala, The Texas Tribune January 24, 2018 A self-described “gun-toting, truck-driving, true Republican,” Shannon McClendon avidly followed state politics and served as a five-time appointee for various boards under former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But until now, she never pushed herself to run for elected office. “I’m a Republican who happens to be

Texas Congressmen Sign Letter Admonishing LGBT-Friendly Companies

Over 100 members of Congress and senators who belong to the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation have signed a letter admonishing executives of professional sports and entertainment companies who have opposed religious liberty legislation in various states. Among those signing the letter were 39 Texas politicians. According to its website, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation’s vision

Dems in Local State Senatorial Districts Pass LGBT Resolutions

Democrats in Bexar County’s three State Senatorial Districts have passed several pro-LGBT resolutions that will now be sent for consideration to the Texas Democratic Convention in June. The slate of seven pro-LGBT resolutions was passed by delegates at State Senatorial District conventions held in Districts 19, 25 and 26 on March 19. The three districts are

State Rep. Villalba backpedals on ‘exercise of religion’ bill

State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) announced on March 9 that he has “reconsidered” filing a bill he authored (HJR55) that proposed a state constitutional amendment to the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which would have eroded the rights of LGBT Texans. Villalba’s now defunct bill is similar to a bill (SJR10) submitted by state

Pro and anti-LGBT bills await opening of Texas Legislature

The 84th Texas Legislature opens its 140-day work session today with a Republican majority: Twenty Republicans and 11 Democrats in the Senate, and 97 Republicans and 52 Democrats in the House. There are bills filed to further restrict abortion rights, to terminate in-state tuition for children of immigrants, to outlaw sanctuary cities and to increase

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