LGBT caucus defeats ‘Save Chick-fil-A’ bill in Texas

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The five out lawmakers leading the recently-formed Texas House LGBT+ Caucus challenged Republican Matt Krause’s House Bill 3172 during a floor reading on May 9th. The second point of order raised was however accepted, killing the bill which intended to protect “religious beliefs and moral convictions, including beliefs and convictions regarding marriage.” It has been called in press ‘Save Chick-l-A Bill’ as the popular chicken chain was banned from the airport in Texas because of alleged donations to anti-LGBT groups. Critics of the bill feared that, if passed, the legislation would be used to discriminate against LGBT+ people and using religion as an excuse. Krause claimed fears of discrimination were unfounded as he and his team worked carefully on the bill not being discriminatory. While the bill could be amended and proposed again to the legislature, LGBT+ lawmakers and campaigners celebrated this initial victory in the House.

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