Last year Texas state senator Donna Campbell (R) introduced a measure that would allow business owners and services to refuse service to the LGBTQ customers if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
The Republican senator has full support from the anti-gay group 'Family Values' and now a new political religious group by the name of 'Plano Citizens United' as the group is based on 3 pastors I can see in video I watched.
The pastors identified are Pastor Charles Flowers from the Faith Outreach INTL (pictured), which is in San Antonio TX, Pastor David Welch from the Houston Area Pastor Council, Pastor Jeremy Flanagan from the Pathway Baptist Church and Mark Gonzales from the National Black Robe Regiment.
The Plano Citizens United political religious group was set up on the 2nd January to voice for their religious freedom and oppose anything against their fundamentalist religious views especially when it comes down to discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
The pastors mentioned are basically saying that especially Pastor Charles Flowers who actually denounces the comparison between LGBT Rights to Civil Rights era. Their main cause for this petition is
to Repeal the Amendment to 2-11 allowing males who perceive themselves to be female (and vice versa) to go into women's' restrooms & locker rooms in businesses with more than 15 employees.
A draft of the Texas Republican Party's new platform embraces gay conversion therapy, arguing that it is a viable option for "patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle."
The Texas GOP convention kicks off Thursday, and one of the tasks of delegates is rewriting the party's platform.
The current document, adopted in 2012,sharply condemns equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. There are multiple sections dealing with the issue, including language that reads: "We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans."
According to a draft of the new platform obtained by the San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle, that language is gone. It still, however, contains a section criticizing homosexuality:
Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values. We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.
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After a gay couple alleged that they were asked not to return to a restaurant in Texas because they are gay, the restaurant's Yelp page has been pummeled with fake negative reviews. According to KLTV,Collin Dewberry and his partner ate breakfast at Big Earl's Bait House in Pittsburg, Texas and were about to leave when a waitress, who is owner Earl Cheney's daughter, told the couple not to come back. The waitress read to them a sign on the front door of the restaurant that says, "Here at Big Earl's we like for men to act like men and for ladies to act like ladies," and added, "So we want you to never return." When asked by the couple what she meant, the waitress apparently said, "We don't serve fags."
According to a local CBS station, Cheney says that the couple was asked not to return because their legs were touching, which is apparently "against policy," not because of their sexual orientation. Hard to believe, seeing as the restaurant's Facebook page claims that the waitress was misquoted and actually said, "We do not like fags." Because that is so much better. According to Dewberry, the pair was sitting on opposite sides of the table just talking. Cheney has refused to show reporters the surveillance video. Full story here
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