Our laws against discrimination apply to businesses that sell their goods to the public. Granting a business like Masterpiece Cakeshop a right to turn away customers would create a sweeping license to discriminate, with far-reaching and damaging consequences.
It was quite a sight: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick admonishing President Obama at a town hall meeting on race, telling him, “Words matter — your words matter.” This from a state leader that has used words as hammers, to kick the wounded and politicize grief.
The lieutenant governor doesn’t show up to school board meetings to discuss Texas' failing school system, but he won’t miss a chance to bully transgender kids who don’t want to cause any problems — they simply want to use the bathroom when the need arises.
Texans do not support discrimination in the name of faith. They understand that it's bad for the state, it’s bad for the nation and — most importantly — it’s wrong.
Equal rights laws such as the one in Dallas are more important now than ever.