Conservative groups across the state organized a Texas Faith & Family day rally in the south steps of the Texas Capitol today at noon. The event was headlined by statewide activists like Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values and emceed by Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life.Both representatives and senators spoke about religious liberty legislation being currently debated in the legislature. However, the most definitive and surprising remarks came from Rafael Cruz, father of well-known Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who called out House leadership for not prioritizing the Texas Privacy Act sent over from the Senate.
The event was opened by Texas Right to Life’s Elizabeth Graham who recognized the members of the legislature in attendance.
The individuals in attendance were as follows:
Sen. Bryan Hughes, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Sen. Charles Perry, Sen. Van Taylor, Sen. Bob Hall, Rep. Tony Tinderholt, Rep. Matt Rinaldi, Rep. Jonathan Stickland, Rep. Jeff Leach, Rep. Cole Hefner, Rep. Valoree Swanson, Rep. Briscoe Cain, Rep. Bill Zedler, Rep. Mike Lang, Rep. Kyle Biedermann, Rep. Mike Schofield, and Rep. Tom Oliverson.
A few specific legislators and their legislation were highlighted.
Sen. Bryan Hughes spoke about his pro-life values and the importance of caring for mothers and children in difficult situations through the passage of his Childcare Protection Act.
Sen. Charles Perry reflected on his hearing over SB 415, the dismemberment abortion ban, and the opponents of his legislation. He emphasized the need to act in a Christ-honoring way when dealing with such opponents.
The keynote speakers both focused on a common topic: SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act commonly known as “the bathroom bill”. The bill’s author, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, reiterated the purpose of her bill and much of the testimony that was heard in committee. With much emotion, she explained her strategy when dealing with the difficult challenges and opposition surrounding SB 6: “You follow what you think is right, but not on your own. You seek advice from others…our Creator’s first and foremost.”
The most surprising and fiery moment of the event came from Rafael Cruz who continued to emphasize the importance of passing SB 6. “For too long, we’ve been the silent majority. We can be silent no more. We need to be the vocal majority”, he shouted to the cheering crowds. Then he got more specific and directed his attention to the House: “Call your legislators and demand a hearing in the House on SB 6. we cannot let the bill get held up in a House committee.” He directed the audience to “melt their phones” and continued, “let your representative know that you deserve a vote from the floor. Every state representative – we demand that they be on record on where they stand on this bill!”
SB 6 has passed the Senate, but has not yet been referred to a House committee.
Approximately 300 people were in attendance for Thursday’s Texas Faith and Family Rally.
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