While Texas is bravely fighting the scourge of Jade Helm 15, abandoned Walmart detention centers complete with tunnels and Maoist Prison Guards, ISIS-Drug Cartels Alliances and whatnot, the Texas Lege must be up to its Gohmert-sized ears protecting the Lone Start State Citizens from… well, what?
Senate Backs Allowing Pastors to Refuse to Marry Same-Sex Couples
So even though same-sex marriage is banned in Texas, the Lege wants to protect Y’all Qaeda from getting sued for not marryin’ the ‘mos? Is this like double-secret probation at Faber College?
“The so-called Pastor Protection Act — a bill that clarifies clergy members’ right to refuse to marry same-sex couples — tentatively passed the Texas Senate on Monday.
“…A challenge to the state’s ban against same-sex marriage is pending in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on four same-sex marriage cases in other states in June. Some expect the Supreme Court could rule in favor of striking down same-sex marriage bans nationwide.”
“The bill’s author, state Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, suggested on the floor Monday that his measure would be needed if that became the case.”
But no one is forcing churches to perform weddings. What else is in there?
“The legislation also stipulates that clergy, religious organizations and people employed by a religious group could not be sued for damages, prosecuted for criminal violations, lose tax-exempt status or forfeit a government contract or grant for refusing to provide services, open facilities or sell goods related to same-sex marriages.
“I think the language is awfully broad,” said Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, adding that a clause protecting groups supervised and controlled by a religious organization would seem to allow for-profit health care, nursing home and other companies to refuse to serve same-sex couples.
But he said it wasn’t about discrimination, you know, like all those other RFRA bills. Say, what else is Texas doing to protect the existential threats Texans face?
“…Also Tuesday, the House is set to begin debate on separate bill to all but ban gay marriage in Texas no matter how the U.S. Supreme Court rules this summer.
“House Bill 4105, which has 78 Republican co-authors — more than half of the 150 representatives — would prohibit any government employee in Texas from issuing a same-sex marriage license and bar state or local tax money from being spent to “enforce or recognize” same-sex marriages, even those legally performed in another state.”
Totally legal. Texas remains in undisputed first place as the US Lab for Bad Policy.