What’s Brewing: Texas clings to ‘homosexual conduct’ law as gay marriage goes mainstream

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1. Mainstream media outlets around Texas finally noticed this weekend that eight years after it was declared unconstitutional, Texas’ “homosexual conduct” law is still on the books. And guess what, it’s going to remain on the books: “In this particular session, I’d be hesitant to do any changing,” said Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, adding that the law probably “better reflects the views of a lot of citizens” as it is. Read our previous post here.

2. In El Paso, where police recently threatened to enforce the homosexual conduct law, conservatives are fed up with the city’s progressive tilt: What some might call the council’s “progressive” agenda, Pastor Tom Brown calls “radical leftist.” Brown is part of a group that recruited a slate of four candidates — including his wife, Sonia Brown — to run for the City Council. The immediate cause of the group’s creation was its opposition to health benefits for the gay and unmarried partners of city employees. But Brown said it also is concerned with what he sees as government “intrusion.” “We’re getting into where government is conducting our private lives,” Brown said.

3. Meanwhile, in other parts of the U.S., same-sex marriage is no longer such a divisive political issue, according to The Boston Globe. And even one Southern Baptist leader says it’s time to prepare for defeat: “I think it’s clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized, and recognized in the culture,’’ said evangelical leader Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in radio remarks after Obama announced he would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act. “It’s time for Christians to start thinking about how we’re going to deal with that.’’

—  John Wright