Texas Senators, angered they would not be able to usher any of their 20-plus anti-gay bills into law, threw a temper tantrum Wednesday night.
The Texas state legislature meets once every two years for 140 days. When their time is up, it’s up, and so lawmakers scramble at the last minute to try to pass as many bills as they can that they know will become law.Â
This year, fearing a likely Supreme Court ruling in support of same-sex marriage, Texas lawmakers worked extra hard to draft, debate, lobby for, and pass almost two dozen bills aimed at harming the LGBT community. From “religious freedom” bills to adoption curtailment to protecting “ex-gay therapy,”Â to actually defunding same-sex marriage in the Lone Star State, Texas lawmakers earned their reputation as among America’s most anti-gay elected officials.
But a bill cannot become a law unless both the House and the Senate pass it, so lawmakers have been scrambling to coordinate which bills they could get through their respective houses. In the end, the twenty-plus anti-gay bills died.
But Texas Senators last night chose to ignore the horrific flooding that’s taken at least 20 lives, chose to ignore their state’s dismal record on child homelessness (Texas ranks 39th, with 50 being the worst), chose to ignore its high percentage of children in poverty,Â chose to ignore its high percentage of child food insecurity.
Instead, led by the Texas Senate GOP caucus, working late into the night the Texas Senate debated and passed a non-binding resolution attacking same-sex marriage. All 20 Republicans, and one Democrat, voted in favor of the SR1028, which passed 21-10. Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick heralded the move.
â€” Dan Patrick (@DanPatrick) May 28, 2015
Same-sex marriage of course is prohibited by the Texas state constitution, but next month’s Supreme Court ruling may very well strike that unconstitutional law down.Â
Of course, in his complete and utter ignorance and arrogance, two weeks ago on CNNÂ Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton refused to say if Texas will obey a Supreme Court ruling supporting marriage equality.
“We affirm the preservation of the present definition of marriage as being a legal union of one man and one woman as a husband and wife, and pledge to uphold and defend this principle that is so dearly held by Texans far and wide,” the resolution reads.Â
â€” Aman Batheja (@amanbatheja) May 28, 2015
“Here we are again, discriminating against gay people,” Democratic State Sen.Â Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who has a lesbian daughter, said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The Texas Senate Republican Caucus couldn’t wait to trumpet their “victory,” and immediately sent out this tweet:
â€” Texas Senate GOP (@TexasSenateGOP) May 28, 2015
But others were appalled, and said so on Twitter:
â€” Battleground Texas (@BGTX) May 28, 2015
â€” D. Flores (@DeniseFlores) May 28, 2015
â€” Lone Star Q (@lsqnews) May 28, 2015
â€” Hank Kelly (@DiggerDoggg) May 28, 2015
Shameful! Texas Senate resolution defining marriage and restricting it to only a man and a woman.
â€” CollinCountyDems (@CollinDems) May 28, 2015
Texas senators who voted for this resolution should be ashamed of themselves. SR 1028 is hateful and unnecessary. http://t.co/WpBIxWHGvw
â€” HRC Austin (@HRCAustin) May 28, 2015
Texas Senate Passes Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution [in a temper tantrum because all their gay hating bills failed] http://t.co/kVuGdTgwFi
â€” Felipe C (@egoistetx) May 28, 2015
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‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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Giuliani, Eastman, Ellis, and Mitchell, along with Kenneth Chesbro, are all members of Donald Trump’s legal team or advised the former president “on strategies for overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia and other swing states,” and are now being subpoenaed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Senator Graham (R-SC) has publicly admitted to contacting the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Also subpoenaed is attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason.
“The 23-person special grand jury has heard testimony in recent weeks from a parade of witnesses, including some who had direct contact with Trump and his associates. But Tuesday’s subpoenas are the closest jurors have gotten to the inner circle of the former president,” the Journal-Constitution adds.
Eastman, the infamous author of the “coup memo,” is a former law professor and the current chairman of the anti-LGBTQ group National Organization For Marriage (NOM), which has never disavowed his actions.
“A federal judge in March,” the AJC adds, “argued that ‘it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.'”
In the days after the November 2020 election, The Washington Post reported, Sen. Graham “questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.”
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