The Texas Tribune reports:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to strike down a 2016 California law that bans state-funded travel to states with discriminatory laws — a list Texas landed on nearly three years ago after the Legislature approved a religious-refusal law for adoptions in the state.
Paxton has elevated his views on religious liberty to the state’s official legal maneuvers. He challenged in court Obama-era rules on health care for transgender people and refused to defend a state law that allows doctors to make end-of-life decisions for brain-dead patients.
His office will not defend a state agency being sued for punishing a Waco judge who refuses to marry same-sex couples because of her religious beliefs. And he made serious hay over a decision by the San Antonio City Council to exclude Chick-fil-A — whose leaders oppose same-sex marriage — from the city’s airport.
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