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March 12, 2015
Our Fourth Anniversary: Behind the Scenes at Progress Texas

Last week we marked our fourth anniversary with a celebration headlined by State Representative Mary Gonzalez from El Paso and a surprise visit from Austin's new mayor, Steve Adler. We were also honored to be joined by Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, the first same-sex married couple in Texas!

It's hard to believe that it's already been four years. Working for progress and a growing community of supporters like you makes it all worth while.

With more than 100,000 subscribers, you've made us one of the fastest growing groups in Texas.

March 12, 2015

Currently, Texas law allows a terminally ill person to decide for themselves whether or not to receive medical intervention at the end of their life—that is, unless the person is pregnant. This legislative session Rep. Elliott Naishtat has introduced HB 3183, a bill that would restore this right to pregnant women and their families.

March 10, 2015
One Religious Discrimination Bill Down - One to Go

Yesterday, State Representative Jason Villalba announced he was reconsidering "entirely" his constitutional amendment proposal—HJR 55—that would allow religion to be used as a weapon to discriminate, an excuse for abuse and a license to break the law. Rep.

March 9, 2015

Two months into the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have pulled off a true Texas miracle: they've come up with a tax plan so horrible that long-time conservative business groups are rejecting it in favor of more spending on the state's infrastructure needs - including education, healthcare, water and transportation.

Seriously.

March 8, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for King v. Burwell last week - the case which could upend the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize health care coverage for millions of Texans. With so much at stake, the case is an important reminder of why we fight for better health coverage for Texas.

In case you missed it, here's a summary of how the arguments unfolded and what the future of affordable health care in Texas looks like.
 

March 6, 2015
Join the Texas Campaign to End LGBT Discrimination

In Texas today it is legal to fire, deny housing or refuse service to gay and transgender Texans simply because of who they are. Without legal protections, many Texans must live with the burden of knowing that at any moment they could lose their livelihood with no recourse to defend themselves from discrimination. That’s why Texas Research Institute—Progress Texas’ educational arm—has joined a coalition of groups to launch Texas Wins—a new grassroots campaign that will fight back against discrimination in our state.

March 6, 2015
300 Republicans Write Brief Supporting Marriage Equality - Zero Texas Republican Leaders Sign On

Though over 300 Republicans from across the country signed a brief calling for the Supreme Court to support the freedom for same-sex couples to marry, not a single Texas Republican Party leader can be found on the list of signatories.

March 3, 2015
 Five-Time Married Politician Wants to Defend Sanctity of Marriage

Tony Tinderholt, Texas State Representative, is your hero defending the “sanctity of marriage.” Marriage is serious business for Rep. Tinderholt, as evidenced by the fact that he has had five of them, which is why he filed a handwritten complaint yesterday against a judge for allowing Texas’ first legal same-sex marriage.

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