Statements about Civil Rights

Every one of "more than 30 federal judges who have considered the issue of gay and lesbian rights since last June… ruled that marriage is a constitutional right and you cannot deprive individual citizens of that right based on their sexual orientation."

During Lyndon B. Johnson’s first 20 years in Congress, "he opposed every civil rights measure that came up for a vote."

"Firearms homicides are down about 40 percent" since Texas passed concealed-gun permit law.

Says that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.2 percent of Hispanic registered voters in Texas and over 86 percent of African American registered voters participated in the 2012 elections.

Says residents of Texas and San Antonio can be fired or denied jobs because they are gay.

Says he has sued the Obama administration 25 times.

Says 40 years ago, the U.S. placed Texas under Voting Rights Act for failing to print ballots in Spanish.

Says recent studies indicate that nationally, only 8 percent of white voting-age citizens but 25 percent of African-American voting-age citizens lack government-issued photo IDs.

Says the Department of Defense changed its definitions of al-Qaeda and the Taliban making it so almost anybody can be loosely associated with the groups.

"Between Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas over 8,000 same-sex couples are raising children."

Says a prank phone call caused "400 children to be taken from their parents... without warrant."

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