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Tell your lawmakers that religion should not be used as a weapon to discriminate, an excuse for abuse or a license to break the law. But the radical and unnecessary constitutional amendments proposed by Senator Donna Campbell and Representative Matt Krause under the guise of “religious freedom” would do just that. These discriminatory bills could allow individuals and institutions to fire or turn away LGBT Texans and could also harm women, children and Texans of all faiths.

Please stop the effort to pass SJR 10 and HJR 125. These so-called “religious freedom” bills proposed by Sen. Campbell and Rep. Krause are unnecessary, discriminatory and dangerous.

Using religious belief as an excuse, a public school guidance counselor could refuse to help an LGBT student. A pharmacist could refuse to fill a prescription for birth control. A landlord could refuse to rent to or even evict an unmarried mother. A man who abuses his wife or child could claim religion to justify breaking domestic violence and child abuse laws.

Stand up for the rights of all Texans and reject this legislation. It could allow people to use religion to discriminate against anyone they don’t like or don’t agree with and to opt out of child welfare and other critical laws.

I’m asking you to protect Texans from legislation that would do nothing but fuel hate and cause harm in our state.

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    Texas’ religious discrimination bill is back. Let’s put a stop to it now.

    Tell your lawmakers that religion should not be used as a weapon to discriminate, an excuse for abuse or a license to break the law. But the radical and unnecessary constitutional amendments proposed by Senator Donna Campbell and Representative Matt Krause under the guise of “religious freedom” would do just that. These discriminatory bills could allow individuals and institutions to fire or turn away LGBT Texans and could also harm women, children and Texans of all faiths.

    Please stop the effort to pass SJR 10 and HJR 125. These so-called “religious freedom” bills proposed by Sen. Campbell and Rep. Krause are unnecessary, discriminatory and dangerous.

    Using religious belief as an excuse, a public school guidance counselor could refuse to help an LGBT student. A pharmacist could refuse to fill a prescription for birth control. A landlord could refuse to rent to or even evict an unmarried mother. A man who abuses his wife or child could claim religion to justify breaking domestic violence and child abuse laws.

    Stand up for the rights of all Texans and reject this legislation. It could allow people to use religion to discriminate against anyone they don’t like or don’t agree with and to opt out of child welfare and other critical laws.

    I’m asking you to protect Texans from legislation that would do nothing but fuel hate and cause harm in our state.

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    Background & Updates

    Freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. That’s why it is protected in the Texas and U.S. Constitutions and why in 1999 a bipartisan majority in the Legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). For 15 years this RFRA statute — which includes carefully crafted provisions that prevent religious discrimination — has worked well to protect the religious freedom and civil rights of all Texans.

    The constitutional amendments proposed by Sen. Campbell and Rep. Krause sweep away the language in our current RFRA statute, opening the door to a wide range of hidden and harmful consequences.

    SJR 10 and HJR 125 would throw open the courthouse door to expensive lawsuits challenging any law, policy, regulation, government action or decision that an individual sees as conflicting with his or her religious beliefs. The vague language in these bills could lead to the abuse of law and religion, allow people and organizations to use religion as a weapon to discriminate against and harm others, and undermine the fundamental principle that laws should apply to everyone.