SB 12/Child Protection Case Update: Texas Values Files Amicus Brief  

Last Friday, Texas Values filed a legal amicus brief in federal court, opposing efforts by LGBT groups to stop Senate Bill 12, the new law protecting children from harmful sexually oriented performances, from going into effect next week.

Jonathan Saenz, President and Attorney for Texas Values stated:

Texas kids are being targeted and exploited for sexual pleasure and political gain, and this will continue if SB 12 is blocked by the court.  We are thankful to the Texas Attorney General’s office for their work to protect kids, and this should be an easy case for the court to dismiss.”

Texas Values’ brief argues that SB 12 is content-neutral as written and well within First Amendment boundaries for regulating explicit conduct in front of children. It also offers insight into the legislative intent behind SB 12 as stated by its primary authors in the Texas House and Texas Senate.

The case, The Woodlands Pride, Inc. et al. v. Colmenero et al., is scheduled to have a hearing on Monday, August 28, 2023 in Houston to decide if the court will temporarily halt implementation of the legislation while the lawsuit progresses. Texas Values Legal and Policy team members strongly supported SB 12 in the Texas Legislature and testified at both the Texas House and Texas Senate public hearings on the bill.

You can find a copy of the legal amicus brief here.

Members of the Texas Values policy team are available for comment. Contact

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.