Buzz is rarely shocked, but we must say we're taken aback by Plano Citizens United, the Texas Pastors Council and assorted fellow travelers such as the right-wing Texas Liberty Institute. It never occurred to us that they had it in for military service members and veterans.
MarineCorps NewYork/Flickr Why on Earth would anyone want to discriminate against these guys?
We could be wrong, of course, but we assume it's military veterans they were talking about today as Plano Citizens United announced it had collected enough signatures to force a public vote in May on the Plano City Council's recently enacted equal rights policy. That ordinance extended anti-discrimination protections in housing, public accommodations and employment to military members and veterans ... among other groups whose names escape us at the moment.
"We applaud the citizens of Plano for collecting over 7,000 signatures to repeal this unlawful and unconstitutional ordinance that threatens religious liberty," Jeff Mateer, Liberty Institute general counsel, said in a news release. "We are glad the voice of Plano citizens will finally be heard on this important religious liberty issue."More »