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Texas Lt. Gov. Urges Legislators to Better Protect Against Religious Discrimination

By Dan Atkerson on October 19, 2015

Group of Multiethnic Diverse Business PeopleDan Patrick, Texas Lieutenant Governor, has urged Texas Legislature to work harder to protect our religious liberties. He suggests that local anti-discrimination ordinances may be in violation of federal and state laws, and asks that legislators take a closer look.

Patrick, a favorite in the Tea Party, comes from Houston. The city infamously rescinded its anti-discrimination following a petition from its residents. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) is up for vote again later next month. Opposition to its approval strongly objects to the ordinance’s sexual orientation protections.

One of Patrick’s duties is overseeing the state Senate. Recently, he presented a number of issues that he wants the Senate to further examine. He hopes that more of the state Senators will begin to see things more as he does prior to the next legislative session in January 2017.

Patrick addressed the Senate saying that he expects it to find ways to fight back against government decisions that “force individuals, organizations or businesses to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

There have been similar occurrences in other states which caused a great deal of controversy, and many feel that these types of actions only promoted discrimination. During the previous legislative session, similar proposals were rejected or stalled.

Nobody should have to put up with discrimination of any kind. If you feel that discriminatory actions have been taken against you, contact Dan A. Atkerson today so that he can help you fight back.

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