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Texas GOP Adds Not One But Two Anti-Trans Bathroom Planks to Party Platform

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Calls for Overturning Same-Sex Marriage, ‘Dispelling the Myth of Separation of Church and State,’ Supports Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Legislation

While Texas GOP Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was busy railing against the Obama administration’s directive this week on transgender restroom use in public schools, delegates to the Republican Party’s state convention were quietly backing him up by approving two new anti-trans platform planks. 

The first anti-trans plank appears in a section of the 2016 Texas GOP platform called, “Strengthening Families, Protecting Life, and Promoting Health: Celebrating Traditional Marriage.” 

It reads: 

Gender Identity — We urge the enactment of legislation addressing individuals’ use of bathrooms, showers and locker rooms that correspond with their biologically determined sex. 

This plank was approved by a whopping 90 percent of GOP delegates to the party’s state convention in Dallas. 

The other anti-trans bathroom plank is under “Educating Our Children: Local Control and Transparency of Curriculum and Funding: Governance.” The mention of local control here is ironic given that Patrick, a statewide elected official, has inserted himself into the debate over a local policy on trans students in Fort Worth. But here’s what the plank states: 

Facility Utilization-We support public school facilities such as restrooms, locker rooms and showers being reserved for the use of students based on biological birth gender. 

This plank was approved by 93 percent of delegates. 

In addition to the anti-trans planks, the party added several that are specifically anti-gay or generally anti-LGBT, including this one calling for same-sex marriage to be overturned: 

Overturning Obergefell v. Hodges- We believe this decision, overturning the Texas law prohibiting same sex marriage in Texas, has no basis in the Constitution and should be reversed, returning jurisdiction over the definition of marriage to the states. The Governor and other elected officials of the state of Texas should assert our Tenth Amendment right and reject the Supreme Court ruling. 

The party also added a plethora of new anti-LGBT “religious freedom” language to the platform: 

Protection for Religious Institutions- We believe religious institutions have the freedom to recognize and perform only those marriages that are consistent with their doctrine. … 

Safeguarding Religious Liberties- We affirm that the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom, prosperity, and strength. We pledge our influence toward a return to the original intent of the 1st Amendment and toward dispelling the myth of separation of church and state. Tax deductions for charitable contributions are not 1521 government subsidies and give no authority for government oversight. Americans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer in public places. We urge the legislature to increase the ability of faith based institutions and other organizations to assist the needy and to reduce regulation of such organizations. We also support vigorously protecting the rights of commercial establishments to refuse to provide any service or product that would infringe upon freedom of conscience of religious expression of the commercial establishments as stated in the 1st Amendment. … 

Adoption- We support reducing the time, bureaucracy, and cost of adoption. We oppose mandates that deny mothers a choice in selecting a traditional home for their children. We oppose mandatory open adoption. We oppose any government agency from forcing faith-based adoption or foster care organizations to place children with same-sex couples. 

The Texas GOP is somehow getting credit in the media for softening language in its infamous pro-“reparative therapy” plank. But a review of the entire document shows this credit is hardly deserved. In fact, the Texas GOP’s platform appears to be more anti-LGBT than ever — and that’s saying something. 

You can read the full platform here. 

 

 

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‘Marie Antoinette’ Trends After Video of Sen. Sinema Giving Thumbs Down to $15 Minimum Wage Vote Goes Viral

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Sinema arrived at the Senate with an actual cake Friday

U.S. Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, in one of his final acts before passing away famously cast the deciding vote against killing ObamaCare by walking on to the Senate floor and casting his vote with a dramatic “thumbs down.”

On Friday U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, appeared to be trying for the same effect, but was not heralded as a hero. Far from it.

Senator Sinema opposes the $15 minimum wage, and made that very clear when she voted against an amendment to advance it Friday afternoon on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The $15 minimum wage has become a rallying cry of Democrats, and liberal and progressive grassroots voters have drawn a line in the sand, demanding Democratic lawmakers make it a reality – or else.

Video and GIFs of Sen. Sinema dramatically and proudly voting against increasing the minimum wage to $15 went viral, and as it did “Marie Antoinette” trended on social media. Comparisons to the French aristocrat whose reputation for indifference to the poor by supposedly saying, “let them eat cake”  is forever emblazoned in history and culture, hundreds of years after her death.

The comparison was only made worse when reporting that Sinema had actually arrived at the Senate with an actual cake:

The cake reportedly was for those who had worked late into the night, after Republican Sen. Ron Johnson forced clerks to read hundreds of pages of the COVID relief bill in an attempt to stall it.

But the damage was done.

That damage was made even worse after an old tweet of Sinema was found in which she argues in favor of raising the minimum wage:

 

 

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'THE PRESIDENT'S POSITION HASN'T CHANGED'

White House: Biden Will Advocate for the LGBTQ Equality Act but Does Not Support Ending the Filibuster to Pass It

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President Joe Biden remains committed to the passage of the LGBTQ Equality Act, legislation he has said he wants to sign into law during his first 100 days. But the President, who served in the U.S. Senate for four decades, does not want to see the filibuster be killed in order to pass the vital civil rights bill.

The LGBTQ Equality Act “is a piece of legislation the President supports as you all know, and he discusses a range of his priorities with members of Congress the House and the Senate, and I’m certain when given the opportunity he will advocate for the passing” of the bill, White House Press Secretary Psaki told Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson Friday during the daily press briefing.

But when pressed on ending the filibuster to pass the bill, something experts say is necessary for Democrats to succeed in keeping their promises – including on the $15 minimum wage, voting rights reform, and the Equality Act – Psaki re-iterated Biden’s stance: no.

“Isn’t there a reasonable expectation that if the person strongly supports this bill that he would want to welcome the end of the filibuster to see [the bill] go to his desk?” Johnson asked.

“The President’s position hasn’t changed. He looks forward to advocating for the passage of legislation that he supports and working with Democrats and Republicans to get that done,” she replied.

Psaki also reiterated Biden’s belief that “trans rights are human rights,” telling Johnson: “No one should be discriminated on the basis of sex, not only is this the law of the land, it’s his own deeply held view.”

In June of 2019, nearly two years ago and well before the coronavirus pandemic, then-candidate Biden declared passing the LGBTQ Equality Act would be his top legislative priority.

“It will be the first thing I ask to be done,” he said.

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TRUMP WHO?

WH Press Secretary Slams Reporter Who Masked Trump Attack: ‘We Don’t Take Our Advice or Counsel From Former President Trump’

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday defended President Joe Biden’s immigration policies that are working to reverse former President Trump’s “immoral” and “inhumane” acts against migrant children, and criticized a reporter who tried to mask an attack from the ex-president by referring to them as “a lot of Americans.”

Speaking about unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the U.S. southern border, a reporter told Psaki that “a lot of Americans are saying that, you know, the surges are happening under President Biden’s watch, after he reversed some previous policies.”

“Does the administration take any accountability for what’s happening?” the reporter asked.

“Who are the Americans?” Psaki knowingly pressed.

“Well, I know you don’t want to answer to him but, the former president just released a statement saying that the Biden administration must act immediately to end the border nightmare that they have unleashed on our nation.”

“Former President Trump?” Psaki asked.

“Yes,” the reporter, caught in obfuscation, replied.

“We don’t take our advice or counsel from former President Trump on immigration policy which was not only inhumane, but ineffective over the last four years,” Psaki declared. “We’re going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect and ensuring they’re safe when they cross our borders.”

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