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Austin, Texas Becomes First City in Texas to Pass Resolution Supporting Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Austin yesterday became the first city in Texas to pass a resolution in support of marriage equality, KUT News reports:

The measure passed the City Council unanimously this morning.

Before the vote, local civil rights groups declared their support for the resolution, which was sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and co-sponsored by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Council member Laura Morrison.

At a press conference, Mayor Pro Tem Cole spoke about the evolution of rights in Texas, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King: “… Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Whatever afflicts once directly also afflicts one indirectly.”

Unfortunately, the attitude in Austin is an exception to the rest of the state:

The practical implications of the resolution are unlikely to be great. In 2005, Texas voters approved an amendment to the state constitution, banning same sex marriage and civil unions. Travis County was the only county in the state where a majority did not support the amendment.

Watch KXAN's report on the vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. While Texas is full of fundies it also has places like Austin slowly making in-roads for gay rights.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Sep 28, 2012 7:50:59 AM


  2. Moved here 2 months ago. Best city I've been in. Love it!

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 28, 2012 9:23:41 AM


  3. I'm in San Antonio, only 70 miles south. But driving to Austin is like entering another world. Congrats to Austin.

    Posted by: datlaw | Sep 28, 2012 9:25:36 AM


  4. 2005 was a long time ago. a lot can change in 7 years. i'll bet that if texans voted again, dallas and houston would vote for marriage equality.

    Posted by: Sully | Sep 28, 2012 10:22:27 AM


  5. Good. As Texas becomes more and more urbanized and less rural, our cause will only continue to grow.

    Posted by: Anthony | Sep 28, 2012 10:34:38 AM


  6. It's a great move but it's just symbolic and no politician here will actually go out and do anything to make this legally happen. It's just political posturing.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 28, 2012 11:56:01 AM


  7. @Icebloo, unfortunately we have to wait until the demographics in Texas change until we can make an effort to legalize marriage there.

    Posted by: Anthony | Sep 28, 2012 12:27:48 PM


  8. My brother lives in Austin, and I visited it this spring. It's nice and I appreciated the openness of the city, but I still prefer NYC, Chicago or SF. However, it is a great city, and I've often heard its only problem is that it's surrounded by Texas... Lol. Hopefully, the sanity of "Keep it Weird" Austin can spread to the rest of the mess that is Texas.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Sep 28, 2012 2:08:58 PM


  9. What anti-equality forces will NOT tell you about the election which changed the Texas Constitution to deny marriage equality is that less than 30 percent of eligible voters voted in an off year election. They will tout the statistic that marriage equality was defeated by a 70 percent margin. What they fail to tell is that the amendment was passed by approximately 17 percent of eligible voters that were registered at the time. They also fail to mention that the anti-crowd was fired up by primarily Baptist preachers violating their tax-exempt status from the pulpits of Texas--there is at least one in every small town, hamlet, and village. Another case of not telling the whole story and manipulating numbers to get them to back up the story of one side of the debate on marriage equality.

    Posted by: LiarLiarPantsonfire | Sep 28, 2012 3:16:54 PM


  10. @Liarliar: So true. I really hope that the religious organization tax exemption rules get enforced a little more strictly, because during my time down in TX and OK I saw a lot of violations. Unfortunately few avenues exist to complain about this as a citizen and actually get anywhere. Gay rights groups need to fill school buses with voters and send them to the polls, like many churches do.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 28, 2012 3:55:32 PM


  11. What's next? Should it be equal to marry your own sister? Shouldn't two individuals have the right to love eachother?

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 29, 2012 1:43:23 PM


  12. @LiarLiar:

    "What anti-equality forces will NOT tell you about the election which changed the Texas Constitution to deny marriage equality is that less than 30 percent of eligible voters voted in an off year election. . . .What they fail to tell is that the amendment was passed by approximately 17 percent of eligible voters that were registered at the time."

    Yes, that's how elections work. They count the votes of those who show up at the polls and vote. The rest miss out.

    Posted by: Mike Cullinan | Oct 2, 2012 10:33:50 PM


  13. When are the Boy Scouts going to Iran?

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 18, 2013 4:34:50 PM


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