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Texas Republican introduces bill to make discrimination against LGBTQ people legal

Jan 30, 2019

By Gwendolyn Smith

Texas state representative Bill Zedler (R-Arlington), is making his second attempt at legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ people in the Lone Star State.

This is the second time Representative Zedler has attempted to pass such a bill: he first introduced a “Free to Believe Act” in 2017, but it failed to pass. In the interim, Texas also failed to pass a hotly contested bathroom bill, leaving many less interested in such proposals.

In that fight, which led to a 30-day special session primarily to pass SB 6, the Texas senate adjourned without passing the bill.

“Rep. Zedler missed the message voters sent last fall, when they sent home the author of 2017’s notorious bathroom bill,” said Interim Executive Director of Equality Texas, Samantha Smoot, via a press release,

“Voters have had it with the hatefulness. They want lawmakers to focus on the economy and public education, not take aim at LGBTQ Texans’ rights.”

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