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Less than 72 hours after Houston's annual public expression of "Pride," Harris County's leadership took action some consider historic - a non-discrimination policy specifically protecting lesbian-gay-bisexual, and transgender employees. "The message it sends out is that we may be deep in the heart of Dixie, we may be in the reddest of red states, but we are sensitive, we are inclusive, and we want people to be who they are," said Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Precinct 1.

Opponents of the measure sited both the absence of grievances from current LGBTQ employees and the county attorney's belief that existing anti-harassment rules offer adequate protection without opening up a fresh avenue for lawsuits ...

On May 7, several areas in the region experienced widespread street flooding and some isolated structural flooding. The folks in Kingwood once again were hit hardest. There was widespread street and some structural flooding. Much the flooding was due to both the extraordinary amount of rainfall and poor maintenance by the City of its drainage infrastructure. But the worst concentration of structural flooding occurred in two subdivisions, Elm Grove and North Kingwood Forest and raises other significant issues about how new development affects flooding.

Recently a new development was started immediately to the north and west of these two subdivisions. Prior to the start of the development, the land was heavily wooded. Stormwater flowed from north to south and west to east through this property into ...

First Liberty Institute and attorneys with the law firm Baker Botts
today filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County District Court claiming the city of Magnolia
broke the law when city leaders singled out churches and non-profits with excessive
water fees. The churches represented in the petition are Magnolia Bible Church,
Magnolia’s First Baptist Church, and Believers Fellowship.

You can read the petition here.

A registered child sex offender has been reading to children at Houston Public Library as part of its Drag Queen Storytime.

A group called Mass Resistance, which has been trying to put an end to the program, contacted KHOU about the child sex offender. Mass Resistance claims it had been asking the City of Houston for months to disclose information about the drag queens, and when requests went unanswered, they did their own digging and made the shocking link.

... A media spokesperson for the library confirmed one of the program’s drag queens, Tatiana Mala Nina, is Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of

As multiple bills are filed for the 2019 Texas Legislative session to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) to state discrimination laws, a diverse coalition of pastors are speaking out strongly in opposition.  Texas Pastor Council, a statewide organization of local pastor councils such as Houston Area Pastor Council which led the defeat of a similar ordinance in Houston, are warning legislators and Texas citizens that bills such as ...

... As one year ends and another begins, one new responsibility that nonprofit and religious leaders must consider is a surprising new tax on their buildings’ parking lots.

This change in policy to levy a tax on nonprofits - including houses of worship - is certainly surprising. According to congressional leaders, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was supposedly passed with the goal of cutting taxes for families and increasing economic opportunities. Yet in one small provision, now Section 512(a)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code, a tax was created on charitable organizations for the cost of ...

Mega church Pastor Dr. Ed Young called Democrats "some kind of religion that is basically godless" during an impromptu speech at Congressman John Culberson’s election watch party Tuesday night.

... His comments came after Rep. Culberson’s concession speech. Members of the crowd asked Dr. Young to lead a closing prayer. Before doing so, Dr. Young spoke. He told a story about ...

"This is by far the largest sanction I've ever been a part of or ever heard of being imposed against CPS," said attorney Dennis Slate.

Family Law Judge Mike Schneider says he would have made Child Protective Services pay even more but didn't want to burden taxpayers.

The judge found CPS case worker Levar Jones and his supervisor Niesha Edwards lied in order to ...

Rev. Dave Welch, representing the pastors of HAPC, demands the protection of children by terminating Drag Queen Reading Hour in Houston Public Libraries in a letter to Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Given the past history of Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOB) to simply move into unincorporated Harris County, outside Houston city limits, when restrictive ordinances have been adopted by the city, the likelihood that the owner of KinkySdollS to move his “sex robots” business outside the city seemed very high.

Immediately following the adoption by Houston City Council last week of an ordinance that prohibits the on-site “rental” or “pay to play” of robotic sex dolls, Houston Area Pastor Council reached out to County Commissioner Jack Cagle, Commissioner Jack Morman and County Judge Emmett with a request that ...