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Texas’ Top Republican Candidates Oppose Gay Rights

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Texas Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding protections based on sexual orientation.

An Associated Press survey shows that GOP candidates support the state's gay marriage ban and most say local ordinances that prohibit gay discrimination violate other people's freedom of religion. Some candidates also say gays, lesbians and the transgendered don't face significant discrimination.

The AP sent six questions to the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

The responses come as the gay rights debate has heated up. The Texas National Guard recently refused a Pentagon directive to process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples. The state's GOP heavyweights also waged an unsuccessful effort to block San Antonio from becoming the latest Texas city to pass a discrimination ordinance protecting gays.

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  • Michael, 2013-09-23 17:00:44

    I love living in Dallas, but the state political landscape makes me sick to my heart. I hold hope that the blue in the urban areas will spill over into the backwoods some day!

  • GT, 2013-09-23 18:28:52

    This exactly what I would expect from texASS! Give it back to Mexico.

  • gdhamf, 2013-09-23 21:39:04


  • Wayne M., 2013-09-27 21:46:12

    No doubt GOProud and the Log Cabin Republicans will defend these people and say they are defenders of LGBT equality. They will even say they do more for LGBT people than the Democrats. As a Christian, let me point out the obvious. If you can deny the rights of one group in society, you can deny the rights of other groups. Defending LGBT rights through local ordinances prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people does not violate religious freedom and rights - unless you believe that a select group of religious believers have an exclusive right to determine who may or many not have their rights protected.

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