Marriage Equality Legislation Filed in Texas

State Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) filed HB 1300 this morning, the Dallas Voice reports:

BurnamThe bill filed this morning would remove provisions in the Texas Family Code from 2003 that deny same-sex couples the ability to marry in the state. It would also allow Texas to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

“Marriage has been the greatest and most rewarding experience of my life,” Burnam said in a statement. “Continuing to deny all Texans the freedom to marry robs them of that experience and is detrimental to their families. Texans want a state where anyone can work hard and provide for their families. Our Texas values mandate defending the right of all Texans to have their rights and responsibilities as couples recognized by the state.”

The paper notes that it is the fifthe releationship recognition bill filed in two weeks in the Texas legislature:

Reps. Garnet, D-Houston, and Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, filed joint resolutions to repeal the state’s anti-gay marriage amendment last week, as did state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, marking the first time the repeal legislation had a Senate companion bill. And earlier this week, state Sen. Chuy Hinojosa, D-McAllen, filed legislation to create civil unions for gay couples if repeal of the amendment were to pass the Legislature and be approved by voters in November.


  1. Randy says

    I don’t see how any changes to the Family Code make any difference, given that the Texas Bill of Rights (article 1 of their constitution) bans same-sex marriage and civil unions.

    Given the large margins by which the amendment passed in 2005, even in cities, I think there’s zero chance of anything actually changing in this decade.

  2. Caliban says

    Hmmm. Having lived in TX for many years I suspect this will go over like a lead balloon.

    The large cities of TX are quite accepting of gays (Houston’s mayor Annise Parker is openly gay- many years ago I volunteered for her failed city council bid), but like with many states the cities are surrounded by a sea of regressive bigotry.

  3. Zo says

    I think we,in Texas, stand a better chance of Governor Perry switching back to the democratic party than this,there’s just too much evangelical rhetoric and hatred for that

  4. Don says

    As a New Yorker, it’s difficult to comprehend the bravery of these legislators who would champion fair treatment in environments like what I imagine the Texas legislature to be like.

  5. ***** says

    @Randy=”Given the large margins by which the amendment passed in 2005″. While you may be right, I think it should be noted that quotes of the large percentage voting against marriage equality in that election can be very misleading as to the overall situation of marriage equality within the state. In the election of 2005, slightly less than 26 percent of the eligible voters went to the polls to cast a ballot. Supporters of traditional marriage will tell us that Texans voted by 70+ percent for marriage, but they fail to mention the small portion of eligible voters that participated in the election to determine the stance of Texas on marriage equality. It will be interesting to see what happens when some rich gay person decides to take the Texas stance to court under the denial of equal protection based upon the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

  6. FFS says

    Granted that, on the whole, Texas is still one of the most vehemently intolerant states regarding gay rights, but despite that pervasive culture of bigotry the 2005 amendment passed by a margin of roughly 3 to 1.

    That’s large enough to temporarily enshrine bigotry in the Texas state constitution, but when you consider those numbers against the arc of progress, . . . not so daunting.

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