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You know the neo-cons are fucking up when even the Waco Tribune calls them on their homophobic bullshit.
Texas revisits gay marriage
Monday, October 17, 2005
When Texas lawmakers approved Proposition 2 to be included on the Nov. 8 constitutional amendments ballot, they must have been looking for an issue that would grab voter interest.
Of the nine proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot, Proposition 2 is sure to generate the most passion since it touches on homosexuality, marriage, civil rights, religion and politics.
Proposition 2 would amend the constitution to declare that marriage in Texas consists only of the union of one man and one woman. It also would prohibit the state or any political subdivision of the state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.
This proposed constitutional amendment is redundant and unneeded. The Tribune-Herald editorial board recommends that voters reject Proposition 2.
Texas already has a law that prohibits marriage between persons of the same sex. It also prohibits civil unions between persons of the same sex.
In addition, the Defense of Marriage Act passed by the Texas Legislature in 2003 also spells out that the state will not recognize a same-sex marriage or civil union no matter where it was created.
That law essentially closes the door on gay marriages or civil unions in Texas.
Nevertheless, Texas lawmakers deemed it worth their time to propose amending the Texas Constitution to do the exact same thing as the 2003 Defense of Marriage Act.
The rationale behind this duplication of effort both in legislation and in the constitution was that a lawsuit might come along and successfully overturn the state's Defense of Marriage Act if it were found to unlawfully discriminate against some citizens.
Opponents of same-sex marriages want to erect as many roadblocks as possible to prevent gay couples from joining the institution of marriage. A constitutional amendment would be harder to change if attitudes in Texas about gay citizens also changed in the future.
Gay marriages are already banned in Texas. Proposition 2 is unnecessary. The Tribune-Herald editorial board recommends voting against Proposition 2.