Here's some bad news for our family. Sometimes I read about Texas with a feeling of disconnect, as though we don't actually live here. Take a look at this press release.
Anti-Gay Texas Marriage Amendment Passes Senate
Hurtful Legislation Will Weaken Legal Agreements in Texas
May 21, 2005 Contact: Heath Riddles
For Immediate Release 512.474.5475
AUSTIN, TX- A historically dangerous and discriminatory
constitutional amendment is headed to Texas voters. The Anti-Gay
Texas Marriage Amendment (HJR 6) passed the Texas Senate this
afernoon. The amendment was approved by a vote of 21 to 8, narrowly
meeting the two-thirds majority required.
Upon approval by the Senate, the amendment is now cleared to appear
on a statewide ballot this November. This will mark the first time in
history that a minority group would be singled out in the Texas
Constitution to be denied equal treatment. Constitutions are
historically treated as sacred documents, designed to preserve rights
and ensure equality for all.
Randall Ellis, Executive Director of the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of
Texas, says the amendment is dangerous. "This amendment is
devastating to thousands of Texas families, gay and straight alike,"
Ellis said. "Domestic partner benefits, powers of attorney, and even
common law marriage will be called into question by this amendment.
These are consequences that are supposedly unintended, according to
the amendment's authors. But this is clearly a discriminatory act,
designed to strike at our community at its fundamental level: our
families. The Legislature is obviously willing to sacrifice all Texas
families for this unjust agenda of intolerance and discrimination."
Marriage affords hundreds of legal rights, responsibilities and
obligations, including the ability to visit a spouse in the hospital,
social security benefits, second parent adoptions and many more.
These are denied to thousands of loving, committed gay and lesbian
couples across Texas, many of them raising families of their own.
This amendment would, in effect, solidify LGBT Texans' status as
Senators Barrientos, Ellis, Hinojosa, Shapleigh, Van de Putte, West,
Whitmire and Zaffirini voted against the Anti-Gay Texas Marriage