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LGBTQ Rights and Religious Privilege before Texas House this week

LGBTQ Rights and Religious Privilege before Texas House this week

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There are three important bills going before the Texas House of Representatives this week. We encourage you to contact your representatives about these bills. Please visit Secular Texas to find out how to take action.

HB 71 Relating to the prosecution of the offense of indecency with a child.

Currently under Texas law, it is legal for minors to engage in sexual relationships with somebody within three years of their own age... as long as the person is of the opposite sex. This law makes it a criminal act for a homosexual minor to engage in a sexual relationship. HB 71, authored by Mary Gonzalez, would put an end to this unnecessary discrimination.

HB 3567 Relating to the rights of certain religious organizations and individuals relating to a marriage that violates a sincerely held religious belief.

This bill ostensibly gives churches the rights to refuse to participate in a marriage that contradicts their religious beliefs. However, the wording of the bill takes it far beyond that. This bill would allow any organization associated with a church, for example a charter school associated with a church, to refuse to not only participate in a wedding but to also refuse to acknowledge a marriage that contradicts their religious beliefs, for example, an employee who is divorced and remarried.

HB 4105 Relating to the issuance, enforcement, and recognition of marriage licenses and declarations of informal marriage.

This hate bill is meant to stop the legalization of marriage equality no matter the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States by making it illegal for any public funds to be used to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple in Texas.

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With researchers and observers in Austin, Texas Theocracy Watch reports and comments on religion creeping into our state and local governments and the State Board of Education. It is our goal to keep the secular community up to date on news related to secular government in Texas and around the nation, as other states are often used as testing grounds for religious legislation. In addition, Texas Theocracy Watch attempts to bring context and a rational, sober analysis to the current events of Texas politics, as relate to our goals.

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