‘Chick-fil-A’ bill reignites LGBTQ opposition in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) | Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled he will sign legislation that Republicans say is a defense of Chick-fil-A and religious freedom, but gay lawmakers sometimes tearfully railed against it on the House floor as a license to discriminate.

The bill, given final approval May 21 in the Texas House, was fast-tracked in the GOP-controlled Legislature in response to the San Antonio City Council stopping Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the airport of the nation’s seventh-largest city.

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White House won’t comment on HHS proposal to nix rule for trans health

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The White House has declined to comment on recent indications the Trump administration is set to undo an Obama-era rule barring medical providers from refusing service to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery.

The Washington Blade sought to ask White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the proposed reversal Monday during the daily briefing, but the spokesperson didn’t call on the Blade for a question, nor did any other reporter ask about the issue following a report on the development in the New York Times.

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Man who fought gay marriage ban running for Texas Senate

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(Photo from Mark Phariss’ Twitter)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man who sued over the right to marry his partner said Tuesday that he is running as a Democrat in 2018 in a bid that would make him the first openly gay state senator in Texas if elected.

Mark Phariss, a lawyer from the Dallas suburb of Plano, said he is encouraged by recent high-profile Democratic upsets in Virginia and Alabama as he launches his first run for public office in Dallas’ conservative northern suburbs.

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LGBT immigrants among DREAMers facing uncertainty

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Tony Choi is an undocumented immigrant who obtained relief under DACA. (Photo courtesy Tony Choi)

In the aftermath of President Trump’s decision to nix an Obama-era immigration program allowing young, undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States, Tony Choi doesn’t know his fate — but realizes one possibility is he’ll be deported to South Korea.

Speaking to the Washington Blade by phone while taking part in a rally just outside Trump Tower in New York City, Choi said he felt uncertainty since news reports emerged Trump would phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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Creep of the Week: Trans, Texas and Attorney General Ken Paxton

By : D’Anne Witkowski
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DanneWitkowskiMugLGBT people have heard the phrase, “Come out, come out, wherever you are” over and over again for decades now. The idea, of course, is that coming out of the closet is the only way to change hearts and minds about who and what LGBT people are. After all, it’s hard to hate, say, lesbians, if you find out that your favorite aunt or your sister or your favorite coworker is playing for Team Lez. You’ve got to at least take a step back and rethink all of the terrible assumptions you’ve made and ideas you’ve had about lesbians, right?

Ideally, yes. And truth be told, the fact that the closet door is no longer the major barrier it once was for so many people (but not all people—we’ve got a long way still to go) has been key in advances in LGBT rights, especially over the last five to 10 years.

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Uprisings: Primary Colors

By : Billy Manes
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I’ve been wrestling with this for weeks, and these emotional bruises are something to contend with. Here at Watermark, we’ve discussed doing a primary voters’ guide downticket, upticket and with a ticket to get away. As it turns out, however, we – meaning me – cannot support any party that goes against the rights of the LGBT community, meaning we – or me – would look a bit foolish dancing along the left side of the plate and ignoring the potatoes on the right. If it sounds like a cop-out, in some ways it is. I’ve been engaged in the political community for too long not to know the names of children or the friends or family who have been there for me. It presents a conundrum within a locket within a cookie. I don’t want to influence your vote. I want to you to research it and find out for yourself.

But there are friends I certainly support, even apart from the fray of the recent mudslinging (you know who you are). I study these things. I pay attention. I care. So don’t get me wrong: I’m in it to win it for the people who will make life better.

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Judge in Texas temporarily blocks Obama’s transgender rules

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Hundreds of school districts woke up Aug. 22 to news of the order by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor on the first day of class in Texas and elsewhere.

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U.S. Justice Department appeal Texas judge’s rule change blocking same-sex medical benefits

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AUSTIN (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department is appealing a federal judge in Texas’ temporarily blocking federal rules that would have expanded medical leave benefits to some gay couples.

In a filing March 31, attorneys sought an April 13 hearing to argue that the preliminary injunction shouldn’t have been issued and “now should be dissolved.”

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Texas court blocks future same-sex marriages after lesbians wed

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order blocking gay couples from obtaining marriage licenses after a lesbian couple wed in Austin.

The Feb. 19 ruling doesn’t invalidate the marriage of the two women who were allowed to marry hours earlier based on a one-time court order issued for health reasons. One of the women has cancer.

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Judge rules Texas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

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Austin – The Texas ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a Travis County judge on Feb. 17.

Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman’s ruling is raising questions as to whether LGBT couples can begin marrying in the county. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said she is ready to being issuing same-sex marriage licenses as soon as the court allows it.

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