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Greg Abbott Wastes No Time in Making Texas First State to Ban Refugees After Trump Executive Order

The Lone Star state’s motto is “friendship,” but Republicans there want to be left alone – at least when it comes to refugees. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has wasted no time in making the nation’s second-largest state the first to ban refugees from settling anywhere within its massive 268,000 square mile boundaries. (Only Alaska is bigger.) Abbott, whose a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, is taking advantage of a Trump executive order that purports to allow states to refuse refugees the right to resettle. The Trump administration effectively lowered...
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Texas DMV Revokes ‘Jail 45’ Vanity Plate, Calling it Derogatory

The Texas DMV has revoked a Fort Worth man’s vanity license plate, which read “Jail 45,” a reference to President Donald Trump. Jerry Balkenbush says the DMV initially issued the plate, which he affixed to his 2011 Mustang, but sent a letter less than a month later reversing the decision. “In my view, is a crook and needs to go to jail,” Balkenbush told the Texas Tribune. “I really feel like it was a violation of my freedom of speech against the government.” The DMV told Dallas’ NBC Channel 5...
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This Texas church is leaving the anti-gay United Methodist Church because it’s not anti-gay enough

A Texas church has announced that it is leaving the anti-gay United Methodist Church (UMC) because it’s not anti-gay enough. According to the UMC’s Book of Discipline, the offence of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” is defined as when “a person openly acknowledges to a bishop, district superintendent, district committee of ordained ministry, board of ordained ministry, or clergy session that the person is a practicing homosexual”. It is in the same list of offences as sexual abuse, child abuse and racism. At the United Methodist Church’s general conference in February this year, about...
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Lawsuit: Judge Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Claims Her Religious Freedom Was Violated When Commission Warned Her

A  judge who regularly refuses to perform marriages for same-sex couples is suing a Texas commission that issued a warning to her over her decision to not treat all couples equally. McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley is now suing he State Commission on Judicial Conduct, claiming her religious freedom rights have been violated. The warning, while public, did not come with any fine nor any severe sanctions or censure, yet Judge Hensley has retained the far right wing anti-LGBTQ Christian activist group with ties to Trump, First Liberty Institute, to represent her...
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Lawsuit: Judge Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Claims Her Religious Freedom Was Violated When Commission Warned Her

A  judge who regularly refuses to perform marriages for same-sex couples is suing a Texas commission that issued a warning to her over her decision to not treat all couples equally. McLennan County Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley is now suing he State Commission on Judicial Conduct, claiming her religious freedom rights have been violated. The warning, while public, did not come with any fine nor any severe sanctions or censure, yet Judge Hensley has retained the far right wing anti-LGBTQ Christian activist group with ties to Trump, First Liberty Institute, to represent her...
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