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Pax­ton Fights for Chris­t­ian Bak­er Who Faces Anoth­er Total­i­tar­i­an Attack on His Reli­gious Beliefs

Attorney General Paxton filed a multistate amicus brief in the Colorado Supreme Court to defend Jack Phillips, who runs the Masterpiece Cakeshop, after he was wrongfully brought to court again for allegedly violating Colorado’s anti-discrimination law.

April 27, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Demands Answers After Anti-Catholic Bias was Revealed With­in the FBI

Attorney General Paxton joined a Virginia-led coalition that sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, requesting more information after an anti-Catholic FBI internal memorandum was made public. 

February 28, 2023 | Press Release

Pax­ton Urges SCO­TUS to Allow States to Hold Big Tech Com­pa­nies Account­able When Ille­gal Activ­i­ty Occurs

Attorney General Paxton has filed a merits-stage amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Gonzalez v. Google (Case No. 21-1333) and narrow the scope of Section 230 protections for “publishers.” 

December 29, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Stands With Flori­da in Fight Against Big Tech Censorship

Attorney General Paxton joined an Ohio-led cert-stage amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court defending a Florida law similar to Texas’s HB 20, which is designed to ensure that individuals aren’t silenced merely because Big Tech companies disagree with their opinion.  

October 28, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Sends Let­ter to U.S. Attor­ney Gen­er­al Mer­rick Gar­land Warn­ing Him Against Clamp­ing Down on Speech Crit­i­cal of Pedi­atric Sex-Change” Treatments

Attorney General Ken Paxton has signed a Tennessee-led letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland in response to the medical establishment asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to censor and prosecute speech that criticizes permanent, life-altering procedures currently being done to children suffering from gender dysphoria.  

October 19, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Works to Safe­guard First Amend­ment Pro­tec­tions for Reli­gious Group Fac­ing Ille­gal Discrimination

Attorney General Paxton has joined an Alabama-led multistate amicus brief in the Atlanta-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, fighting to defend the First Amendment rights of a Jewish synagogue facing unconstitutional discrimination.

September 26, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Secures Major Vic­to­ry for the Con­sti­tu­tion, Free Speech Against Big Tech

Attorney General Paxton has secured a major victory in the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of Texans and free speech advocates across the country.

September 19, 2022 | Press Release

Pax­ton Joins Mul­ti­state Coali­tion to Hold Biden Admin Account­able for Threat­en­ing Par­ents’ First Amend­ment Rights

After a successful 17-state coalition obtained an apology from the National School Boards Association (NSBA), Attorney General Ken Paxton continued to push back to hold the Biden Administration accountable for colluding with the NSBA after threatening parents’ First Amendment rights.

October 27, 2021 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Joins 18-State Coali­tion to Pro­tect Unborn Babies from Dis­crim­i­na­to­ry Abortion

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 17 other states in an amicus brief urging the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a district court decision and uphold Tennessee’s prohibition of abortions based on an unborn baby’s sex, race, or likelihood of having Down Syndrome.

November 19, 2020 | Press Release

AG Pax­ton Files Brief in Sup­port of Free Speech for Texas Attorneys

Attorney General Paxton filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in defense of First Amendment rights for members of the State Bar of Texas.

July 08, 2020 | Press Release