The Baptist Standard: Lawmakers Approve Pastor Protection Bill, Fail to Reform Payday Lending

June 4, 2015

AUSTIN—In the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers passed bills protecting ministers from being forced to participate in same-sex marriages and giving county law enforcement greater ability to crack down on illegal gaming rooms.

CLC Director Gus ReyesOfficials with the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission expressed appreciation to state legislators for those advances—and to lawmakers who helped block bills that would have repealed the Texas DREAM act, banned so-called “sanctuary cities” and diverted public funds to private religious schools. 

At the same time, they expressed concern the legislature failed to enact meaningful reform of the payday loan and auto-title lending industry.

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