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Time Runs Out For Cecil Bell’s Dangerous Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Bill, But It’s Not Over Yet

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Legislation that would literally defund same-sex marriage in Texas was not brought up before the midnight deadline Thursday, but activists should not relax yet – here’s why, and why the man behind it is so dangerous.

A bill sponsored by Texas State Rep. Cecil Bell that would make an end run around a positive Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage is all but dead, for now. The legislation, HB 4105, along with about 200 other bills, ran out of time in the Texas House as the clock struck midnight and no new bills could be taken up for debate for a vote. 

HB 4105 would have literally defunded same-sex marriage in the Lone Star State, denying any taxpayer dollars to facilitate the issuance or recording of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and fining clerks who broke the law. 

Equality supporters shouldn’t rest quite yet.

“From my perspective, no bill is dead as long as there are are other bills in front. You just have to find something that’s germane,” Bell told the Texas Tribune late Thursday night. “The session still moves on.”

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Indeed it does. Bell can move to attach HB 4105 as an amendment to another bill the House votes on over the next two weeks before the session ends. 

It’s vital to know that Bell is no lone ranger in his quest to demonize and oppress LGBT people.

Alexa Ura, reporter for the Texas Tribune, caught Bell in conversation with Dr. Steve Hotze last night in the hallways of the Texas House, talking about HB 4105.

Dr. Hotze is a decades-long anti-gay activist who says equality would give gay people “a free hand to come and have relations with a minor, molest a child.”

“Once you allow them acceptability, then you allow them to proliferate,” Hotze told the Third Coast magazine in 1982, as Mother Jones reported last year. “And they proliferate by one means, and one means only, and that’s recruiting. And they recruit the weak. They recruit children or young people in their formative years.”

Those opinions haven’t “evolved” over the decades – and he’s still actively working to destroy the LGBT community:

As Carlos Maza at Media Matters reported last year also, “Hotze held a ‘Marriage Battle Plan’ conference call with supporters, aimed at laying out a ‘battle plan’ for combating ‘pro-homosexual rhetoric and propaganda’ in federal courts.”

“During the call, Hotze warned that “perverted and deviant” homosexuals were attempting to overturn laws against pedophilia in order to recruit young boys into homosexuality,” Maza wrote.

Hotze warned that, if same-sex marriage were  recognized in Texas, children would be taught how to be gay.

Hotze repeated the myth that gay people have lifespans “20 to 30 years shorter than the average person,” calling homosexuality “an unhealthy lifestyle” that “needs to be stopped.”

For now, LGBT people in Texas can breathe a sigh of relief, but Texas lawmakers are fully supported by virulently anti-gay Governor Greg Abbott:

And fully supported by virulently anti-gay Attorney General Ken Paxton, who refuses to say if Texas will abide by the Supreme Court ruling. They have been trying to pass two dozen anti-gay bill this session, and they haven’t run out of time quite yet. 

 

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Watch: Texas AG Refuses To Say If His State Will Obey Supreme Court Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

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Texas Anti-Gay Lawmaker And Gay Son Suffer Fallout Over Anti-Discrimination Bill

 

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Federal Agencies Tapped Phones of Portland’s Racial Justice Protestors to Prove They’re Terrorists

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Two current officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have confirmed that the DHS and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) during this summer’s racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon for a covert operation focused on “extracting information from protester’s phones.”

The officials told The Nation that a DHS colleague with expertise in electronic surveillance was sent to Portland as part of “an interagency task force” using a classified cell phone cloning attack to “intercept protesters’ phone communications.”

“Cell phone cloning involves stealing a phone’s unique identifiers and copying them to another device in order to intercept the communications received by the original device,” The Nation explains. It’s a tactic conducted to better understand your target, their network and their planning. The DEA is believed to have had a “special key” to help carry out the surveillance.

While it’s unclear who specifically was targeted by the surveillance, “They were abusing people’s rights,” one official said. The DHS hasn’t responded to congressional calls to explain the program either.

The officials quoted in The Nation’s article say that colleagues from the DHS were asked to “volunteer” to participate in the program, something departments do to conduct operations outside of the department’s official and legal capacity.

The overall goal, the officials state, was to substantiate thin claims by Attorney General William Barr that Antifa (anti-fascist) activists are receiving foreign sponsorship, something that is a necessary criterion to formally designate the group as a terrorist organization, something Trump vowed to do as recently as yesterday.

Considering that the U.S. has a long history of surveilling, harassing and possibly even killing racial justice activists since before the Civil Rights era, this newest program is hardly surprising, albeit still frightening.

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“Armed Militias to Intimidate Voters”: Donald Trump Jr.’s New Ad Recruits GOP “Army” to “Secure” Election

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The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., appears in a social media video ad asking people to join an “army” to stop the “radical left” and their plan to “steal” the election. Nevermind, that Trump Sr. has already refused to ensure a peaceful transfer of power if he loses and has also said he can only lose if the vote is rigged.

Here’s the ad itself:

In the ad, Trump Jr. says:

“The radical left are laying the groundwork to steal this election from my father, President Donald Trump. They are planting stories that President Trump will have a landslide lead on election night but will lose when they finish counting the mail-in ballots. Their plan is to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election. We cannot let that happen.”

“We need every able-bodied man and woman to join Army for Trump’s election security operation at defendyourballot.com. We need you to help us watch them, not just on Election Day but also during early voting and at the counting boards. President Trump is going to win. Don’t let them steal it. Go to defendyourballot.com and enlist today.”

While the actual website DefendYourBallot.com is just a Trump campaign get out the vote effort that doesn’t actually instruct supporters to monitor polling places or post offices, one tech culture website said the “ads incite armed militias to intimidate voters.” Keep in mind, Trump Sr. has already promised to deploy thousands of law enforcement officials to polling places on Election Day, a move that will discourage voting by people with a distrust of police.

Considering the numerous armed protesters at anti-lockdown rallies during the start of the COVID-19 epidemic and Trump Sr.’s repeated lie that Democrats want to abolish the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, it’s easy to see how Donald Jr.’s appeal could inspire right-wing gun nuts to “monitor” polling places and post offices by scaring voters, poll workers, and postal delivery people by challenging anything that looks even remotely suspicious to them.

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“A Direct Attack on Millions of Americans”: Reactions to Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Nomination

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Yesterday, The New York Times announced that President Donald Trump has chosen far right-wing religious extremist, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to be his third Supreme Court pick.

Although Trump won’t make his official announcement until 5 p.m. ET today, reactions against Barrett have already started rolling in. Here’s a growing sample voicing concern over her hypocritical and extremist positions:

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