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Wendy Davis Endorses Marriage Equality, Calls on Texas AG to Stop Defending Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO

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Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator whose 11 hour filibuster of a abortion bill last summer gained her national headlines and a platform for a gubernatorial run, has come out publicly for marriage equality and has urged Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The San Antonio Express-News reports:

“It's my strong belief that when people love each other and are desirous of creating a committed relationship with each other that they should be allowed to marry, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Davis told the Express-News editorial board.

Davis, D-Fort Worth, said she is “pleased” that the state's constitutional definition of marriage, as being between a man and a woman, is under challenge in federal court.

“I think that what we see happening at the federal level in terms of constitutional interpretations on that provide some hope that it may be found unconstitutional,” she said.

AbbottGreg Abbott, who is Davis's presumed general-election opponent in the race for governor later this year, scoffed at her request to stop defending the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Said a spokesman for the Abbott campaign:

“Unlike Senator Davis' positions on the issues, the Texas constitution is not subject to change on the latest whims of the day. Senator Davis' comment suggesting the Attorney General not enforce the Constitution mimics an Obama-style approach to government, and Texans deserve better,” 

Watch Davis' announcement and call to the Attorney General, AFTER THE JUMP...

Davis’ campaign for governor is seen as the first real test for Battleground Texas, the Political Action Committee founded by top political strategists, campaign operatives, and field directors from the Obama 2012 campaign. The PAC’s long-term goal is turning Texas into a presidential swing state, something that Republicans in the state are increasingly worried about.

Abbot, to his credit, realizes that Texas’ 38 electoral votes are “the last line of defense” in keeping Republicans electorally competitive in presidential elections. So naturally, he’s already on record saying that Battleground Texas represents a greater threat than North Korea.


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  1. Well, Well.

    I just left a comment about the Democrats defense of late-term abortions in Texas on another story and lo-and-behold: the newest story posted is about the woman herself: Abortion Wendy.

    It seems that having as one's claim to fame the defense of baby-killing isn't the best basis for a run for Texas governor after all. So she must now appeal to the gays to save her.

    QUESTION: Will the gay people of Texas care more about the unborn babies (20+ weeks) that Davis cares nothing about, or will they care more about themselves?

    Posted by: David C | Feb 15, 2014 10:55:33 AM

  2. She supports stand your ground gun laws....very racist..

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 15, 2014 11:02:15 AM

  3. Well this post is guaranteed to feed all species of troll.

    Posted by: TADPOLICUS WEX | Feb 15, 2014 11:16:20 AM

  4. You can shut your pie hole until you actually care about born children. Which you don't.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 15, 2014 11:16:29 AM

  5. Looks like this thread is going to bring out the home-schooled buy-bull crowd.

    I'm making popcorn...

    Posted by: mike | Feb 15, 2014 11:35:04 AM

  6. Go Wendy Davis! Pro-choice and for marriage equality!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 15, 2014 11:51:37 AM

  7. Actress Ellen Page (Juno, Inception, X-Men) just came out! You go girl!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 15, 2014 11:59:55 AM

  8. Oddly, the Ellen Page speech (which was beautiful) has disappeared from Towleroad.

    Wendy Davis, refreshing sanity from a sanity-deprived Texas. Her colleagues may not catch up for another couple of decades, but the marriage bans aren't going to get more constitutional with time.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 15, 2014 12:08:01 PM

  9. I see zero videos after the jump.

    What are the direct links, or at least the name of the publisher(s)?

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 15, 2014 12:34:31 PM

  10. More than 90% of late term abortions are performed because a critical birth defect has been discivered, and many of the tests to detect these defects cannot be conducted until 20 weeka. But hey, David, don't let these facts get in the way of your psychotic need to have your hands in every woman's uterus.

    This is all without mentioning that Davis is opposed to late term abortions and supported the recent iteration of the legislation. So congrats on your critical thinking skills beginning and ending with Fox News talking points.

    Posted by: OddBet | Feb 15, 2014 12:51:49 PM

  11. Folks, you can still see Ellen Page's video by viewing Google's cache of Towleroad.

    I'll save you a step:

    Hopefully whatever problems are occurring today will be short-lived.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 15, 2014 12:52:53 PM

  12. As a gay man, I don't give two shits about the abortion debate, so I won't be drawn into it by the trolls who are posting here on that topic. I encourage you all to not feed the troll with your comments.

    Posted by: Tim in SF | Feb 15, 2014 1:27:37 PM

  13. I have some hope for the David campaign. However, I'm not a fan of Davis's pandering to the small-penis-big-gun crowd by announcing her support of open carry laws in Texas.

    Juanita Jean says it way better than I can:

    "Let me tell you one thing. Given a choice between a Real Republican and a Democrat who talks like a Republican, Republicans will pick the Real Republican every damn time. And your base Democrats will stay at home. I have statistics to prove that. As Paul Begala says, “Texas is not a Republican state. Texas is a non voting state.” And the non voters are Democrats who have had nothing to vote for. Wendy Davis did not get national attention by pandering to Republican voters. She got it by talking to the base.

    Posted by: Tim in SF | Feb 15, 2014 1:31:26 PM

  14. As there is no post at this moment on Ellen Page, can we talk about this? Normally her acting annoys the hell out of me, but I don't think I have ever been so moved by a speech, and a coming-out, as this. This is an Oscar winner, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I have just said to a friend that every man, woman and child on this earth should be required to see this speech. Beautiful, beautiful. Check out Randy's link. See it. I will also be paying to see every film Ms. Page makes from this moment on.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 15, 2014 1:51:36 PM

  15. As a Texan I assure you if the Texas Democrats ever thought Greg Abbott had a serious chance of being defeated they would have removed Wendy Davis by now and substituted a candidate who had a fighting chance. At this point they're just hoping he makes a ablate Williams rape joke. And she is no Ann Richards and I bet she'd still lose.

    Posted by: MIke | Feb 15, 2014 5:15:24 PM

  16. That should be "Clatie Williams rape joke".

    Posted by: MIke | Feb 15, 2014 5:16:05 PM

  17. @ Mike

    What other Texas democrat has a national following and wide spread name recognition? She'll have all the money she needs to run a vigorous campaign and will get 100% support from the DNC.

    I guarantee you she'll fair better than former Houston mayor Bill White did 4 years ago against Rick Perry.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Feb 15, 2014 7:25:32 PM

  18. @Brian:

    One of the Castro brothers, the Congressman or the Mayor from San Antonio. Wendy Davis doesn't have a chance in hell. The simple truth is Obama is so unpopular here that they're not going to waste a future Democrat serious contender on this governor's race at this moment in time. Greg Abbott is unbeatable.

    Posted by: MIke | Feb 15, 2014 8:59:33 PM

  19. Enacting laws banning gay marriage were the whim of the conservatives in the 90's in Texas and other states so it seems Abbot speaks from a position of typical republicans, shooting off ones mouth without researching the facts on the issue.

    Posted by: lk | Feb 16, 2014 8:51:25 AM

  20. Sorry to say that Wendy Davis has zero chance of winning here in Texas. Abbott is going to win by a wide margin.

    They call her "Abortion Barbie" down here, that pretty much sums up how republicans play in these parts.

    Posted by: Dave | Feb 16, 2014 9:11:33 AM

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