Texas’ Top Republican Candidates Oppose Gay Rights

Monday Sep 23, 2013
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Texas Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding protections based on sexual orientation.

An Associated Press survey shows that GOP candidates support the state’s gay marriage ban and most say local ordinances that prohibit gay discrimination violate other people’s freedom of religion. Some candidates also say gays, lesbians and the transgendered don’t face significant discrimination.

The AP sent six questions to the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

The responses come as the gay rights debate has heated up. The Texas National Guard recently refused a Pentagon directive to process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples. The state’s GOP heavyweights also waged an unsuccessful effort to block San Antonio from becoming the latest Texas city to pass a discrimination ordinance protecting gays.

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  • BlondieSL, 2013-09-23 15:41:55

    A vote for a Republican is a vote for hate and discrimination. Why aren’t more ppl making more noise about these fking idiot GOPers? If they were taking about limiting or removing rights for African Americans, we’d be hearing countywide screams, as it should be. How & why is this any different? Human beings are human beings, no matter their color or orientation.

  • Anonymous, 2013-09-23 17:00:44

    I love living in Dallas, but the state political landscape makes me sick to my heart. I hold hope that the blue in the urban areas will spill over into the backwoods some day!

  • GT, 2013-09-23 18:28:52

    This exactly what I would expect from texASS! Give it back to Mexico.

  • gdhamf, 2013-09-23 21:39:04


  • Anonymous, 2013-09-23 22:48:41

    First of the discrimination of gays does not get publicity, so you dont hear about in the news. But it happens daily. In high schools, colleges, work places, family. Some of it is violent and very hurtful. Frankly your religion has no place in politics and one day if the GOP has it their way religion will be what rules our country. You know what happens next, one religion will be more dominant and it will be ruled as this country’s national religion and those not practicing that religion will be fined,next executed. Remememer our history people, this is why its so important why we have seperationof church andstate

  • BlondieSL, 2013-09-24 05:38:20

    Separation of church and state, huh? I only see that in texts. I don’t see it in practice.

  • Wayne M., 2013-09-27 21:46:12

    No doubt GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans will defend these people and say they are defenders of LGBT equality. They will even say they do more for LGBT people than the Democrats. As a Christian, let me point out the obvious. If you can deny the rights of one group in society, you can deny the rights of other groups. Defending LGBT rights through local ordinances prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people does not violate religious freedom and rights - unless you believe that a select group of religious believers have an exclusive right to determine who may or many not have their rights protected.

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