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USTexas lawmaker derails 'Save Chick-Fil-A' bill, says it targeted LGBT Texans

20:01  10 may  2019
20:01  10 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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AUSTIN — An openly gay freshman member of the Texas House late Thursday derailed a bill backed by religious conservatives but denounced by opponents as The faith-based lobby Texas Values had organized a " save Chick - Fil - A " rally at the Texas Capitol last month. It also stationed members and

Although each “ Save Chick - fil - A ” bill was amended before passage, the original drafts were borrowed from model legislation included in Project Blitz’s In a press release, the statewide LGBTQ advocacy group said it “creates virtually no change in Texas law and is wholly unnecessary because federal

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AUSTIN — An openly gay freshman member of the Texas House late Thursday derailed a bill backed by religious conservatives but denounced by opponents as a tool to target the LGBT community for discrimination.

"Hopefully this is the day discrimination against the LGBT community dies in Texas," said State Rep. Judy Johnson, D-Carrollton, after using a procedural maneuver to shut down debate of the so-called "Save Chick-Fil-A" bill before it began.

At issue was House Bill 3172 by Republican state Rep. Matt Krause that sought to prohibit cities and other governmental entities from taking "adverse actions" against businesses that publicly espouse religious convictions.

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Republican lawmakers in Texas are pushing legislation — dubbed the “ Save Chick - fil - A ” bill — that they say is about protecting the religious beliefs Johnson said it was “not a surprise” to see Texas Republicans attempt to force through the Senate version of the bill . “We suspected as much on

An openly gay member of the Texas House derailed a bill backed by religious conservatives to block communities from taking “adverse actions” against Julie Johnson (D) used a procedural maneuver to shut down the debate over the so-called Save Chick - Fil - A bill late Thursday, The Corpus Christi

The measure came in response to a decision by the city of San Antonio to deny Chick-Fil-A vendor space in its airport because of the fast-food chain's vocal opposition to same-sex marriage.

The faith-based lobby Texas Values had organized a "save Chick-Fil-A" rally at the Texas Capitol last month. It also stationed members and supporters of the organization outside the House chamber this week, encouraging members to vote for the measure.

As it turned out, House members never got the chance.

As Krause begin explaining his bill, Johnson interrupted him with what in parliamentary terms is called a "point of order," questioning whether all House rules were followed as the measure made its way through the legislative mill.

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Julie Johnson, D-Carrollton, killed the ' Save Chick - fil - A ' bill , which would have protected Texans from "Hopefully this is the day discrimination against the LGBT community dies in the Texas House The bill 's supporters said it would have helped avoid the situation faced by fast-food chain

Chick - fil - A has been a source of controversy. Senate Bill 1978, often referred to as the “ Save Chick - fil - A ” bill , passed by a vote of 19-12 “Hopefully, this is the day of discrimination against the LGBT community dies in Texas ,” Johnson said after using a procedural maneuver end the debate on

After consulting with House parliamentarians, Speaker Dennis Bonnen struck down Johnson's point. But she was ready with another  — this one asserting that the official analysis of the bill's implication was misleading.

Again, Bonnen huddled with the parliamentarians on his high perch at the head of the chamber. Lawmakers from both sides crowded to watch the deliberations, which lasted several minutes.

As the huddle broke up, signaling that a decision had been reached, Johnson — a member of the House LGBTQ Caucus — could be seen pumping her fist as she stepped down on her way back to her seat on the House floor.

Bonnen then announced that the second point of order was valid.

The ruling effectively killed the measure because Thursday was the deadline for preliminary passing of the House bill before the 2019 legislative session ends May 27.

A similar bill has been bottled up in a Senate committee since it was filed in March, suggesting it has virtually no chance of moving to the floor for a vote in the session's remaining weeks.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed the so-called “ Save Chick - fil - A ” bill into law, a new provision that supporters say defends the fast-food The legislature was riled over a “bathroom bill ” targeting transgender people two years ago. LGBT lawmakers said during emotional floor

' Save Chick - Fil - A ' bill derailed : Texas lawmaker derails ' Save Chick - Fil - A ' bill , says it targeted LGBT Texans . "The connection to Chick - Fil - A came after San Antonio denied vending space in its airport to the fast-food chain over its opposition to gay marriage and its association with and

Texas Values president Jonatha Saenz said his group is not ready to give up on the measure, signaling it might be revived as an amendment to similar legislation that is still working its way through the legislative mill.

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AUSTIN -- After the so-called " Save Chick - fil - A " bill had been sunk in the Texas House last week, a Senate committee on Monday quietly revived the The bill 's supporters said it would have helped avoid the situation faced by fast-food chain Chick - fil - A , which was boycotted and booted from San

“This commonsense religious freedom effort is far from over," he said. "We will not allow the clear will of the majority of Texans and a bipartisan majority of the Texas Legislature to be thwarted by a few."

John C. Moritz covers Texas government and politics for the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at jmoritz@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo.

This article originally appeared on Corpus Christi Caller Times: Texas lawmaker derails 'Save Chick-Fil-A' bill, says it targeted LGBT Texans

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