Bonnie Pritchett

Bonnie reports on First Amendment freedoms for WORLD Digital.

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Texas lawmakers approve Pastor Protection Bill

Religious Liberty | The legislation will protect clergy from lawsuits if they refuse to officiate same-sex weddings
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 5/22/15, 08:20 am

UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, the Texas House passed the Pastor Protection Bill with a 141-2 vote, a vindication for religious liberty advocates who argued the issue of conscience transcended political lines and deserved public debate.

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Judge nixes Houston pastors' petition for anti-bias policy vote

Courts
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 4/18/15, 11:22 am

HOUSTON—A Harris County district judge ruled Friday that plaintiffs fell 585 signatures short of the required count on a petition recalling a controversial non-discrimination ordinance. Plaintiffs and their supporters, a racially diverse coalition of pastors and civic leaders, will appeal the decision, but they are running against the clock to get an approved referendum on the November ballot by the mid-August deadline.

“We’re going to file a notice of appeal on Monday and vigorously pursue Houston’s right to vote,” plaintiffs’ attorney Andy Taylor told me Friday evening.

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Signature haggling continues in Houston anti-bias ordinance case

Courts
by Bonnie Pritchett
Posted 4/13/15, 04:48 pm

HOUSTON—In what many expected to be the final hearing in the lawsuit against the City of Houston and Mayor Annise Parker, attorneys continued Monday to haggle over the signature count on a petition drive to recall a controversial non-discrimination ordinance. Only a few hundred signatures separate Houston residents from getting to vote on the ordinance, which makes sexual orientation a protected class. But with a ballot deadline looming, plaintiffs are losing patience.

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