Sen. Ellis explains vote against SB 2065


(Austin, TX) // Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) voted against SB 2065 in the Senate Committee on State Affairs and offers the following quote:

“I believe in protecting religious freedom in people’s private activities, but it’s wrong to allow a special class of people to blatantly discriminate against other Texas citizens simply because of who they love” said Senator Ellis. “It’s morally indefensible, and it’s bad for Texas.”

“Texas already has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed in 1999 and signed by Governor George W. Bush. I voted for it, as did every other member of the Senate that session. For more than 15 years this law has worked to protect religious freedom for all Texans. It includes carefully crafted provisions that ensure that individuals can’t use religion as a weapon to discriminate and harm others or to ignore laws that everyone else must obey. Current protections are sufficient, and I think SB 2065 as currently crafted is a solution in search of a problem.”


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