Texas has banned gay marriage, becoming the 18th state to adopt an anti-gay marriage constitutional provision.
Texans for Marriage leader Kelly Shackelford: “Texans know that marriage is between a man and a woman, and children deserve both a mom and a dad. They don’t need a Ph.D. or a degree in anything else to teach them that.”
Houston Chronicle: “Seventy-six percent of voters favored the amendment and 24 percent opposed it, with 94 percent of the vote counted…Turnout reached 17 percent statewide, higher than the 12 percent in 2003 when a controversial amendment limiting lawsuit damages was on the ballot…In Harris County (Houston), turnout was about 14 percent with 70 percent of precincts reporting, though two Montrose-area precincts with substantial gay and lesbian populations reported turnouts of around 35 percent.
If every gay man and lesbian had voted yesterday (a pipe dream, of course), the amendment would have failed. Apathy lost the vote, as often happens. (thanks David)
Spencer Windes on the ugly reality of “Lifeboat Syndrome” which allows minority groups and the KKK to come together and agree to kick the next man down on the ladder…