Texas legislature proposes record number of ‘anti-gay’ bills

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AUSTIN, TX - Twenty so-called "anti-gay" bills have been proposed by Texas state congressmen this legislative session. Texas already has a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," similar to a new, controversial Indiana law, which gives groups the right to deny service based on religious beliefs. Two new constitutional amendments have been proposed, along with four other measures, that would bolster that law. Critics say they would make it easier for groups to use religion to justify discrimination. Five other proposed bills would nullify local laws that protect minority groups from discrimination. Six more bills are openly fighting marriage equality, preventing same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses or public retirement benefits for spouses. Three other bills target the transgendered, making them criminals for using a bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. Two of those bills would even subject private property managers to fines for allowing a transgender person to use the wrong restroom.

Conservative groups like the Texas Association of Business are opposing several of these measures. That group's president said, "This will certainly make our state look very much unwelcoming when it comes to business recruitment."

Maybe that appeal to people's wallets will convince lawmakers to protect all Texans equally under the law.

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