Texas Senate Revives ‘Save Chick-fil-A Bill’ Days after House Democrats Killed It
The Texas Senate appears to be fast-tracking a religious liberty bill that Democrats in the Texas House killed last week with a procedural maneuver. House Bill 3172 appeared to be on its way to passage until Democratic Representative Julie Johnson raised a point of order that ultimately removed the bill from the calendar without debate or a vote.
Republican Senator Bryan Hughes had filed a companion bill that appeared to be stalled in committee. However, the bill was added to the committee docket on Monday afternoon and voted out of committee quickly. According to The Texas Tribune, the vote fell along party lines.
The proposed law states that “a governmental entity may not take any adverse action against any person based wholly or partly on a person’s belief or action in accordance with the person’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction, including beliefs or convictions regarding marriage.” Many have called it the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill” because it is aimed at stopping actions like the one taken by the San Antonio City Council to keep Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the San Antonio International Airport because of the owners’ views on marriage.
According to Life Site News, the Council believed the chain’s convictions regarding marriage would prevent airline passengers from “feeling welcome when they walk through our airport.”
Supporters of the bill argue that it will protect religious freedom by protecting people who disagree
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