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Texas’ top Republican candidates unanimously oppose gay rights

Saturday, September 21, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas — As legal questions surrounding gay rights become major issues in Texas, Republicans running for the top statewide offices unanimously oppose expanding protections based on sexual orientation.

Barring any major election upsets next year by Democrats, the Republicans vying for statewide office are unlikely to soften those stances if elected.

Greg Abbott

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Attorney General Greg Abbott, Candidate for Governor.

David Dewhurst

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Ken Paxton

State Sen. Ken Paxton, Candidate for Attorney General.

Dan Branch

State Rep. Dan Branch, Candidate for Attorney General.


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.

“To my knowledge, employers generally do not ask about a person’s sexual orientation. The state of Texas certainly does not,” said Attorney General Greg Abbott, an early favorite to become Texas’ next governor. But he added that “both the U.S. and Texas Constitutions protect faith-based organizations from being coerced into employing persons in a way that would require them to violate their faith.”

The AP sent six questions on gay rights to the Republican candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. No Democrats have announced their candidacy for those posts, but the Texas Democratic Party endorses full civil rights and protections for gays, including the right to marry.

The responses come as the gay rights debate in Texas has heated up the last few weeks. The Texas National Guard recently refused a Pentagon directive to process applications for military benefits for same-sex couples, citing the state law that does not recognize gay marriage.

The state’s GOP heavyweights also waged a fervent yet unsuccessful effort to block San Antonio from becoming the latest Texas city to pass a discrimination ordinance protecting gays.

Abbott was the only candidate who answered all of AP’s questions, while others submitted statements addressing some of the issues. Many refused to discuss whether to protect gays from discrimination – such as denying them employment or services at a business.

Others said that protecting gays from discrimination would infringe on the freedoms of those whose religions condemn homosexuals.

“Sadly, in a culture infected with political correctness, people of faith are targeted for defending their beliefs with no consideration of their First Amendment rights,” said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election. “I will continue to stand with my fellow Texans in defending our God-given, constitutionally protected freedoms.”

It’s an issue that gay rights advocates have lobbied lawmakers to address on a statewide level. Many cities such as Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth and Austin have such local ordinances.

“A statewide statute is necessary because people are being discriminated against based on their actual, or even their perceived, sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Chuck Smith, executive director of the gay rights group Equality Texas. “Everyone has a sexual orientation, that’s not a lifestyle. This is an implication that being gay is a choice, which I think is inaccurate.”

Barry Smitherman, a candidate for attorney general, refused to answer any of AP’s questions. His opponent, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, issued only a single sentence through his spokesman Chris Elam: “Commissioner Patterson strongly believes that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

Here are additional candidate responses:

Do you believe that people have a right to treat homosexuals differently than heterosexuals in public spaces?

  • Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney, candidate for attorney general: “I do not believe in elevating sexual ‘rights’ to be superior to religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Such rights are enumerated nowhere in the Texas or U.S. Constitution, unlike religious freedom … the very reason many pilgrims came to this country and eventually founded our great nation. People have the freedom to live their life how they wish and to arrange for contractual relationships as they prefer.”
  • Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, candidate for lieutenant governor: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman as do the people of Texas, who have spoken loud and clear on this issue. Every American should be treated equally, but no one should be given special treatment under the law because of their sexual preference.”

Do you support equal civil rights for lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens?

  • Tom Pauken, candidate for governor: “Current statutes adequately address the issue of equality before the law and I would oppose laws that provide preferential treatments based on lifestyle choices.”
  • Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas, candidate for attorney general: “If I am entrusted by the voters of Texas to serve as their next Attorney General , I will faithfully and vigorously defend the constitutional rights of all Texans, and uphold the laws as written by the legislature and interpreted by the judiciary.”

Do you believe that homosexuality is a disorder that requires treatment?

  • Abbott: “I am not a doctor, a scientist or God. I cannot render judgment on a person’s sexuality. I can, however, refer you to the American Psychological Association on the matter.”

Do you believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry or have a civil union?

  • Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, candidate for lieutenant governor: “As the author of the constitutional amendment which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, my position on same sex marriage is clear. I support our Texas law and constitution, which prohibit the state recognition of same sex marriage as well as the conferring or correlating benefits from governmental entities.”

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  1. Thats fine because the country as a whole will oppose them.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:58pm
  2. as if we expected anything less from a band of boobs

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:58pm
  3. but what a purrrty mouth….!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:58pm
  4. ‘murica!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:59pm
  5. And yet they have no problem cheating on their wives.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:59pm
  6. Gosh…he really looks as smart as the caption below his quite apparent ugliness!! Idiot!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:59pm
  7. I wonder how many of them say that just to try to get elected. Look at the picture of this guy. He looks like a swinger.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:00pm
  8. I oppose his straight rights

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:00pm
  9. As we unanimously oppose the Republican Anti-God, Anti-Human, Anti-FeedTheHungry, Anti-HealTheSick Party. SICK AND DEMENTED FUCKS !

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:01pm
  10. Did we even expect anything different?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:01pm
  11. Because gay people don’t vote?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:01pm
  12. no, we don't live here or anything...ya know.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:18pm
  13. oh but that is so worng!

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:04am
  14. Texas really needs to be its own country…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:01pm
  15. One that needs to immediately be hit with sanctions.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:34pm
  16. We should just give Texas and Florida to the Republitards to let them run it how they see fit.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:32pm
  17. That's not economically feasible Rachelle! Texas as a Nation would have to petition for acceptance by other nations for trade, diplomatic relations for one.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:39pm
  18. And sawed off so it can float away into the sea's far reaches never to be seen or heard from again.....

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:55pm
  19. I want to leave this place before it happens... and bring my mom with me... >.> this place is too stupid

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:07pm
  20. Give texas to mexico

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:40pm
  21. You might want to consider giving up the Carolinas, Indiana, Michigan, and a couple of others, because the same things are going on in those states, too. Better to work and vote out the GOP. It can be done. Texas is rapidly turning blue, and we'll fix a lot of the problems.

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:11am
  22. Don't give up on the gays that live here! We need your support!

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:14am
  23. Their opinions won’t stop what’s right. Human rights will win

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:02pm
  24. I guess I won’t be moving there!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:02pm
  25. He does look gay!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:02pm
  26. BIG SURPRISE

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:03pm
  27. It’s called “short-sided”

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:03pm
  28. No surprise, all those backwards politicians from the south are too stupid to even realize global warming is an issue.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:04pm
  29. I feel ashamed that I am still living in the South and can't wait to get out!

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 11:35am
  30. Which is exactly why I voted against Ted Cruz. -cough-

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:05pm
  31. It is sad that many of us are completely un-surprised by news like this… it means that this stuff is much too common.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:08pm
  32. Helps explain why I don’t like Texas or Republicans.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:09pm
  33. Does he really think he will win by saying anything like that?? Does he not know how large the gay community is in Texas?? He’s really only screwing himself… Because we can just go to another state to get married or whatever. You won’t see a Republican as president I don’t think. They really have no clue how saying no to us really just hurts them in the end.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:10pm
  34. This is sad. You’d think as human beings they’d want to make sure everyone has the same rights, regardless if they’re gay or not.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:11pm
  35. Surprising no one.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:11pm
  36. Well of course they do – for two reasons #1) They are Texans #2) They are Republicans. Can’t expect much better from a combo of the two.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:12pm
  37. Shame!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:12pm
  38. no surprise ,,gay brothers and sisters stand up now…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:19pm
  39. what a twat.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:20pm
  40. Not news! Of course they oppose civil rights and liberties. Their hateful, sinful SATAN opposes everything fair, just and inclusive. It’s TX, even hate is bigger there!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:22pm
  41. Well there’s a fucking surprise

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:22pm
  42. bite me b*tch

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:23pm
  43. yeah.. well.. texas

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:24pm
  44. Who cares – they might be also opposing the Earth being round. It doesn’t make it any flatter or them any brighter.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:24pm
  45. Figures!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:25pm
  46. Protecting gay rights infringes on others religious freedoms? When does one affect another? Oy!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:26pm
  47. Their old and feeble…they will be gone soon and a new breed will be in office…….

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:30pm
  48. and, they will repeat the same things.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:01pm
  49. Good to know where they stand! Information=POWER

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:35pm
  50. What are those people so afraid of?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:37pm
  51. they’re probably hating the fact that State Farm is moving a whole bunch of liberals & independents down there then. Red state…might be swinging purple in a couple elections.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:37pm
  52. Well I’m staying out of Texas.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:38pm
  53. 2014…vote them all out

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:39pm
  54. Why I hate my state.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:40pm
  55. Good read here! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0310267315/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0310267315&linkCode=as2&tag=plainthiwor-20

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:43pm
  56. what else is new? no surprise there

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:41pm
  57. I did hear once that everything in Texas is bigger so why wouldnt stupidity ignorance and Hate be any different. I can honestly say I am not a republican and if you think by saying stuff like this would get my vote you are sadly mistaken. Sexuality does not make u a good person I do however believe we are entitled to LOVE WHO WHOM WE WANT

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:43pm
  58. Oh and he is an ASSHAT

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:43pm
  59. Nothing but queers and steers in Texas including the politicians.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:47pm
  60. Shocker…..

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:47pm
  61. And the fools in Texas will elect them! Shameful and pathetic!
    Succeed Texas please.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:49pm
  62. Who cares

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:50pm
  63. umm, maybe the LGBT community does.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:51pm
  64. Of course they reject the protection of homosexuals. This way they can continue to have their male lovers without question. Everybody is too scared to call them out.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:51pm
  65. So the only homophobes out there are gays? Idiot...

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:57pm
  66. Really? I have more brains in my ass they you have in your head.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:58pm
  67. Religious bigotry is the worst of them all. It creates wars, murders populations and destroys lands. Such will be the future of America in the hands of these white bigots.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:52pm
  68. White bigots? Yeah tell me more bout how loving the black church is on gay rights.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:56pm
  69. See the color of this man? check out the article asshole.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:58pm
  70. So because its a white man, only white men are homophobic? Lol. So much anger. Why are you so angry? Haha

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:34pm
  71. Ah grasshopper, KKK is a white hate group! Interesting.

    Replied on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:41pm
  72. Um Wendy Davis herself doesnt even care about gay rights. Fuck both parties, and vote libertarian!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:54pm
  73. Big surprise. Maybe some day Texas will join the 20th century. Then we can gradually get them to accept the changes that the 21st has brought so far.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 4:58pm
  74. remove Texas, once and for all. Idiots.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:00pm
  75. Let the hate begin…freaken ass bites…no rights for the homos…just pathetic.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:08pm
  76. They have no legal ground to stand on. This is posturing and pathetic bullying behavior…but I guess some voters LOVE bullies.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:10pm
  77. I’ll never understand why Rethuglican, conservative, right-wing, religious fanatics think they can force other normal people to accept their deviant views and lifestyle. They love to tell other people how to live their lives, while their own lives are in shambles. The Christian (esp. Catholic, Mormon, Evangelical, and Southern Baptist) Taliban in this country are going to face a violent wake up call soon if they keep trying to spread their hatred, intolerant views, and intolerant actions on normal Americans. And it is patently unfair that Gay Americans and their loved ones should suffer the effects of discrimination while the bigots and their loved ones go about their lives as if nothing is wrong. Anyone coming into contact with Raul Labrador, Phil Bryant, Susana Martinez, Mike DeWine, Ken Cuccinelli, E. W. Jackson, Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie, Tom Kean Jr., Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Elisa Chan, Mary Fallin, Marco Rubio, Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake, Sally Kern, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Steve King, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Orrin Hatch, Jim Inhofe, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Tim Huelskamp, John Kasich, Tom Corbett (and the lawyers in his office), Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, Nikki Haley, Alan Wilson, Mike Huckabee, Mike DeWine, other bigoted legislators, Tony Perkins, Bryan Fischer, Matt Staver, Matt Barber, Donald Wildmon, Franklin Graham, Billy Graham, Timothy Dolan, Harry Jackson, or their loved ones, SHOULD TAKE ANY ACTION POSSIBLE TO HARM THEM. Maybe when the bigots start paying a high price for their discriminatory actions, they’ll think twice before committing the same crimes in the future.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:15pm
  78. I'm sorry but "... they can force OTHER normal people". No, they're not normal at all don't give them that much credit!

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:56am
  79. F@$k Texas and ignorant Texans.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:16pm
  80. Tell him to F Off.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:19pm
  81. I have wondered for a very very long time how and why any LGBT or ally would EVER consider voting for a Republican.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:20pm
  82. I am quite sure that at LEAST 1 is a closet case….. if not MORE !

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:26pm
  83. strict scrutiny necessary by now

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:27pm
  84. I think I’ll get over it.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:32pm
  85. Bye.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:33pm
  86. These morons aren’t Texas. The vast majority of Texans support gay rights. The nutters and tea baggers just get more publicity. Blame them, not the state.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:38pm
  87. But it is Fucking texas. Who really cares.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:40pm
  88. I as a Texan care, jackass. We’re trying to change things and lumping us with the Neanderthals does not help us make positive changes.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:43pm
  89. what ever happen workin for all americans,,,,

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:53pm
  90. Of course! What can we expect. The Republicans: the party of hate and bigotry backed by christians, the religion that loves to hate and discriminate.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:55pm
  91. Texas top bigot!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 5:56pm
  92. embarassed by the lone state

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:04pm
  93. Big surprise.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:05pm
  94. Lol

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:06pm
  95. I oppose his existence

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:07pm
  96. F …k them red necks

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:18pm
  97. OH and because we don’t pay taxes, serve in military, etc.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:18pm
  98. wow. Big shocker there. ::crickets::

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:24pm
  99. A southern state discriminating a minority SHOCKER! African Americans Hispanics women First Nation Asian more and more.

    Southern states sadly support discrimination.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:25pm
  100. ……this creep looks like Larry Craig’s stall partner…..

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:41pm
  101. Why we aren’tuman enough?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:44pm
  102. Ignorant Assholes

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 6:53pm
  103. Do we still have to pay taxes?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:01pm
  104. Many Republicans oppose EVERY ONES rights.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:27pm
  105. of course they do….backward HATERS…they need to get with the times.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:45pm
  106. Y’all keep voting for these morons…Texas need to secede…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:50pm
  107. Waiting for more gay Rethuglicans to tell me how the GOP isn’t anti-gay.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:54pm
  108. Duh!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:47pm
  109. It is Texas what do you expect

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:50pm
  110. Except their own Barbarah

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:51pm
  111. sigh

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8:55pm
  112. Wow, so surprising.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:04pm
  113. Agreed Scott..we must care, we must make positive changes…there are more people out there that want change than we think… Texas cannot just remain this Gas & Oil entity that has a bunch of ignorant prejudice asses running the state…we have to get people like Wendy Davis out there and represent!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:14pm
  114. All GOP are DOGS. America needs to put them in a Kennel for mad dogs.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:22pm
  115. Texas should be a nuclear land field. Too many idiots.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:26pm
  116. It’s a lovely state. I had the disgusting and unhappy experience of having to grow up in small town texas.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:29pm
  117. Abbott needs to first refer himself to the American Psychological Association on the matter: he evidently has absolutely NO idea what the Association’s position on this issue is.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:31pm
  118. Yeah, drop TX out of the Union, the U.S.A. doesn’t need TX.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:40pm
  119. I am a 7th generation Texan and ally, and I apologize for this asshole, he embarrasses most of us as well ~!!

    Replied on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:17am
  120. As you all enjoy hating on Texas, proving you are no better at seeing the larger picture than those you lambast, take a few moments to see the positives. Houston has an openly gay mayor, ELECTED TWICE! It has the largest number of consulates outside of DC. One of the largest concentrations of diverse languages in the country. Our Jewish community a few years back honored our Muslim community for efforts to bridge understanding and peace. Yes we have our issues and we work together to solve them. Lumping the masses with the vocal few is an insult to YOUR intelligence.

    Or you can fuck off, it’s up to you.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:41pm
  121. very true…we are no better than those we complain about…Texas has many voices and it continues to grow and evolve.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:47pm
  122. Assholes..

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:58pm
  123. I actually live here in Austin, Texas. In town our gay, lesbian, etc community is cool…we just have a few places that give us crap, but we push back harder with gay, lesbian, etc kiss-ins (like sit ins during the white and black sections era). We have taken it upon ourselves to open our own places that accepts everyone. We are like the area of Montrose in Houston…best way to get back at a horrible red state is putting “gay, lesbian, etc money” down their throat. I will tell u not to believe the Rick Perry commercials that say move to Texas…our community is always gonna have problems as long as he’s governor, and the conservatives push his ridiculous agenda. Outside of Austin and the Montrose area in Houston, I never feel safe with my partner. Austin is already over crowded, taxes are extremely high for homes, rent is ridiculous, police are shooting unarmed ppl and getting pats on the back, CPS workers are not following up on children in dangerous situations, traffic is horrible, and Perry demanded that we have these toll roads and made us pay for them of course but their not used enough here to make any money back, we have schools where every 2 out of 3 girls are pregnant, and I was the last class in 2004 to have suitable graduating test scores….and I went to a higher education magnet school. The No Child Left Behind act is ridiculous…if u are ahead of other students you are forced to go at a slower rate unless u apply and test for a special school like I did. But the drop out rate, and repeating grade level rates are completely out of control…poor kids are not getting real educations if at all. I love my city, but even I’m thinking of moving bc things have completely changed and look like they’re getting worse. Don’t believe the commercials u see to move here…it’s a complete mess.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:14pm
  124. Who votes 4 these A**holes?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:16pm
  125. So these religious nuts want special privileges?

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:17pm
  126. Bastards!!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:33pm
  127. Business as usual in The Hate State…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:36pm
  128. I never realized how many closeted gays live in Texas! Outstanding they are all coming out now. Peace.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 10:37pm
  129. losers

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:05pm
  130. yet one more reason not to visit there, much less live there !!!

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:26pm
  131. Texas should be the impact point for a large meteor

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:27pm
  132. If all those who are gay or those who support their loved ones who are gay didn’t vote.. not only Texas would sit up and take notice but all of the US…

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 11:56pm
  133. I’m tired of politicians pandering to the far religious right and using gay rights as a “whipping boy” to get votes. GLBT citizens pay taxes, and they vote. They are our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons daughters and friends. They deserve equal protection under the law. Texas will turn blue, and then we won’t be having this victimization and vilification of an entire group of citizens who do not deserve such treatment.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:09am
  134. Dum stupid fools we will remove you from power you homophobic bigots to hell with your party enemy of human rights!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:18am
  135. Texas is a state full of backward Republican bigots. Segregation and bans on mixed race marriage would still be the law in Texas if the backward, self righteous, self centered Republicans had their way. Stupid is as Texas does.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:31am
  136. It’s Texas, that are slower there. Give em time and after everyone else except maybe FL has equality for all they’ll come around!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:48am
  137. another blight on Texas, once again.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:50am
  138. OF COURSE, they do…!!@#/?¿?

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:55am
  139. Biggots

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:10am
  140. Here is what I hear, The TOP Democratic candidates unanimously oppose the GOP rulings.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:25am
  141. This is news?

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:34am
  142. of course they do.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:38am
  143. And this is news??

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:46am
  144. I am a 7th generation Texan and ally, and I apologize for this asshole, he embarrasses most of us as well ~!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:17am
  145. Absolutely No Surprise Here!!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:29am
  146. stronzi

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:16am
  147. No surprise.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:22am
  148. wish they would not they are really making Texas look stupid ……literally bahahahahahaha literaly

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:30am
  149. Wow, big shocker there! ::sarcasm::

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 3:53am
  150. if there are no rights for the LGBT community then they shouldn’t have to pay taxes which benefits the straights as well. So stop stealing their money.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:05am
  151. Till they get caught in the act-haha!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:40am
  152. Tejas? Ya make my alas up y down but tejas dang ya dys fuk sional

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:22am
  153. Yes we vote! But they have redrawn the districts in there favor. It is only a matter of time before real Texans wake up and vote these assholes out with us. I think you will be quite supprised in 2014

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:38am
  154. Ditto what Rachel said.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 5:54am
  155. congratulations no one gives a shit

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:01am
  156. He is EXACTLY what’s wrong with not only this state but this country.. No worries though, we all have to believe in something. Unfortunately for us though this jackass lives in the US!!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:23am
  157. Texas SUCKS!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:35am
  158. Its really pathetic that these candidates have to play on peoples misplaced fears to get elected…

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:11am
  159. gay people do not pay taxes???

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 11:53am
  160. Republican politicians are extremely narrow-minded!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:03pm
  161. Gay people do vote & some are Republicans but they likely won’t vote for him.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:08pm
  162. get a life texas

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:21pm
  163. Stupid stands on this

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:24pm
  164. Who cares what they think in Tex-ass?

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:25pm
  165. That is a Republican, don’t know their ass from their dick.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:29pm
  166. corck screws!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12:38pm
  167. … TOTAL-d.-BAGS!?!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:15pm
  168. Extending rights to others does not subtract from yours.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:23pm
  169. And that’s why I would never vote Republican in Texas. And also why I can’t wait to get out here. What really burns me up is all the Texans who support gay rights, supposedly, but continue to vote Republican because it’s what they were told to do by their parents. And these dick shits aren’t even representing a genuinely fiscally responsible platform like their party supposedly claims to have. Let’s have small government in Texas, but let’s also ban all kinds of crap, make things in certain industries so unregulated that it hurts our citizens just so we can make a profit, and ask for federal aid whenever we have a natural disaster while at the same time calling our government too big and reckless with unnecessary spending.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 1:28pm
  170. Yea, because Christians like making other people second class citizens.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:03pm
  171. Republicans! Obviously….

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:19pm
  172. Big shock.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:51pm
  173. Idiots!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:34pm
  174. :P :P :P !!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 4:07pm