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The bill would have been a conduit for discrimination pertaining to any “grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, scholarship, license, registration, accreditation, employment or other similar status.”
Texas lawmaker struck down a so-called “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, which aimed to to prevent U.S. cities and other governmental entities from taking "adverse actions" against businesses that publicly embrace religious convictions as a tool to target the LGBTQ community.
The bill would have been a conduit for discrimination pertaining to any “grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, loan, scholarship, license, registration, accreditation, employment, or other similar status” on the basis of someone’s “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction, including beliefs or convictions regarding marriage.”
A faith-based lobby, Texas Values, then rallied members of the House to vote for the measure, which opposed same-sex marriage, but was unsuccessful.
“This commonsense religious freedom effort is far from over," Texas Values president Jonathan Saenz said and added that the group will continue to lobby. "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."
Thursday was the deadline for preliminary passing of the House bill, ahead of the end of the 2019 legislative session on May 27.
“We worked so hard for the last two days to figure out a strategy how to overcome this bill,” Johnson explained in a video on Equality Texas. “LGBT+ discrimination is no longer the deal of the Texas House.”