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By Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge heard arguments on Friday in a lawsuit that provides for a Texas law requiring contractors to confirm that they do not boycott Israel violates the First Amendment. In December, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas filed a federal lawsuit against Attorney General Ken Paxton, two school districts and two, a university. The organization argued that the law forces people to choose between their First Amendment rights and their livelihoods.
"Texas is attempting to dictate the position of the Texans on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the First Amendment fundamentally protects the right to participate in the consumption of consumers." ACLU lawyer from Texas, Thomas Buser-Clancy, said.
The lawsuit alleges that the four claimants who filed the lawsuit either lost "contract opportunities" because they refused to sign the certification, or they signed "at the expense" of their First Amendment
Marc Rylander, Prosecutor General's Communications Director said in an e-mailed statement that the law does not apply to personal economic decisions, but only to companies wishing to do business with the state.
"Our bureau demonstrated to the court that the Texans – as well as the citizens of dozens of other states that have enacted similar laws – have the right to demand that their R There is nothing to do with companies with unjustified discrimination, "said Rylander.
Judge Robert Pitman also heard arguments for a lawsuit against a speech pathologist against Paxton and a school district over the law.
Following this lawsuit, the woman was forced
Buser-Clancy said it was unclear when Pitman would decide on the case.