On Oct. 22, Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. Representatives of the Texas Office of the Inspector General demanded patient and billing records from clinics in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and gave them 24 hours to comply.
Advocates for women’s health swiftly condemned the raids. Read more
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure designed to protect gays, lesbians and others from discrimination, failed to survive a ballot referendum Nov. 3.
Passed by the Houston City Council last May, the law prohibited housing and employment discrimination on the basis of several classifications, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more
Imagine heading out one morning to attend services at your house of worship or a meeting of a local humanist or freethought group.
Imagine arriving at the facility only to find a band of people – many of them wearing masks and all of them carrying assault rifles, pistols and other weapons – marching in front of the building. Read more
Two daycare workers claim they were fired for refusing to acknowledge a transgender child’s gender identity. Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt of Katy, Texas, say they lost their jobs at Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center after using female pronouns to refer to a six-year-old trans boy.
The Texas Supreme Court is set to determine if parents have a religious-freedom right to homeschool with no state oversight whatsoever. Michael and Laura McIntyre, who homeschooled their nine children after pulling them out of a local Christian school, claim the El Paso Independent School District violated their rights when it attempted to verify the children were being educated. Read more
A self-appointed expert on sex and relationships won’t speak at an El Paso, Texas, high school – for now.
Jason Evert runs an outfit called Chastity Project. He is yet another in a seemingly endless parade of speakers who somehow manage to get themselves invited to public schools even though what they have to offer is thin at best and sometimes offensive. Read more
A Texas judge is under fire for ordering a man to write a Bible verse and marry his girlfriend to avoid going to jail.
Smith County Judge Randall Lee Rogers ordered Josten Bundy to write a passage from the Book of Proverbs 25 times a day for two weeks as penalty for an assault charge. The verse, Proverbs 26:27, reads “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it.”
Rogers also ordered Bundy to marry his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, within 30 days or face jail for punching her ex-boyfriend. Read more
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to have his sights set on being the next Religious Right martyr.
In a move that is as petty as it is mean spirited, Paxton recently asked a court not to recognize the common-law marriage of two women, one of whom is now deceased. The issue arose when Sonemaly Phrasavath, surviving wife of Stella Powell, made a claim to the inheritance that Powell left her when she died in 2014. Read more