Rangel: Texas awaits gay marriage ruling

For a state legislator, what happened Thursday morning is not the usual way to start the day. State Sen. Craig Estes was about to lay out a bill that would protect religious objections to gay marriage, but was told he couldn’t do it because state Sen. Jose Menendez had blocked the proposed legislation, though just temporarily…Read […]

Legislator: Climate awareness key

State Rep. Rafael Anchia knows that his climate change bills have about a snowball’s chance in a warmer globe of passing. Even so, the Democrat from Dallas has held two climate change hearings in his position as chairman of the House International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee…Read More Here.

Rep. Anchia Decries Lack Of Support For Pro-LGBT Birth Certificate Bill

Gay adoption took center stage at the Texas Legislature on Wednesday. Prior to a hearing on a bill that would permit faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT people, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor in support of a proposal to allow the adopted children of same-sex couples to have accurate birth certificates…Read more […]

Anchia: Texas should list both same-sex parents on adopted children’s new birth records

A Dallas lawmaker urged the House Wednesday to back his bill allowing both same-sex parents to be listed on adopted children’s updated birth records. Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, said he’s chagrined colleagues on the House State Affairs Committee won’t vote out his bill, which he said would ease hardship for some adopted children and their unconventional families…Read […]

We don’t want to be like Indiana: Texas business group comes out against anti-LGBT proposals

Hoping to avoid a repeat of the economic backlash seen in Indiana after lawmakers there passed a controversial religious freedom law, one of Texas’ most influential business organizations joined the Lone Star state’s gay and lesbian community and civil rights activists to denounce similar measures under consideration by Texas lawmakers….Read more here.