Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis on the importance of joining forces between the LGBT and women’s rights communities

By : Billy Manes
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ORLANDO – When former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood strong against a state and a Republican Party that maligned her until the witching hour, she actually stood strong, on her feet, for 11 hours on June 25, 2013. She filibustered. At issue were the rights of women, the closing of Planned Parenthood clinics in her state, human rights at large. It would lead to a national media storm and failed campaign for governor.

“I definitely feel like I came out stronger from that, but much more important than that, I feel like people who support reproductive freedoms came out stronger,” Davis told Watermark just before a Sept. 9 Hillary Clinton campaign appearance at the University of Central Florida with congressional hopeful Stephanie Murphy.

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Senator forces gun control vote with 15-hour filibuster

By : Wire Report
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Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)Washington (AP) — A Democratic senator frustrated with congressional inaction on gun violence led a nearly 15-hour Senate filibuster before yielding the floor early on June 16, making a pledge that he and his colleagues would press hard for more gun control three days after 49 people were killed at a Florida nightclub.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy ended a series of speeches with his Democratic colleagues at 2:11 a.m EDT after promising at the outset that he would remain on the Senate floor “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together.” At the end, he said he had won commitments from Republican leaders that they would hold votes on amendments to expand background checks and ban gun sales to suspected terrorists. It is unlikely that those amendments will pass.

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