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Republican blitz on LGBTQ issues exposes fractures among Texas Democrats

The defections have sparked feelings of betrayal and promises of retribution, particularly as Republicans in the Legislature have presented a unified front.

People cheer and wave rainbow flags while gathered on the stairs across from the House floor to protest against SB 14, which seeks to ban puberty blockers and hormone therapies for transgender youth, before it is heard for debate in the House at the state Capitol in Austin on May 12, 2023.

“Internal tug-of-war” among Democrats 

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Politics State government Abel Herrero Harold Dutton Jr. Royce West Shawn Thierry Texas Democratic Party Texas Legislature Tracy King