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    Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    I received this email from Equality Texas stating new Legislation has been filed to repeal DOMA and 2/3 of Texans approve of same sex marriage.
    This is really a boost for us Texans, lets hope it passes.

    From an email:

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    Reps. Rafael Anchia and Garnet Coleman File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Two-thirds of Texas' voters now support some form of legal recognition for lesbian & gay couples.

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    Austin, Texas (February 6, 2013) – State Representatives Rafael Anchia of Dallas (D-103) and Garnet Coleman of Houston (D-147) today filed legislation [HJR 77 and HJR 78] to repeal the constitutional amendment added to the Bill of Rights to the Texas Constitution in 2005. The amendment denies same-gender Texans in committed relationships the freedom to marry or enter into a civil union.
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    Our Mission & Policy Objectives

    Equality Texas advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

    While significant cultural, legal and governmental advances have led to greater equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans, LGBT Texans and their families remain highly vulnerable, without the vast majority of rights and protections that most Texans take for granted.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Two thirds of Texans support some form of relationship recognition, which is a start.

    The best we can do with this bill now is see how well it is received by the state's Democrats. To repeal the marriage amendment in Texas is going to take a generation of work, given the conservative dominance of Republicans in the state legislature.

    I predict that the people of Texas will go along with marriage equality long before the legislature. Unfortunately, it is not an initiative state.
    Last edited by JockBoy87; February 7th, 2013 at 07:20 AM.

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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    I'm hoping you are wrong about the generation thing. However, you may be just right.
    The states Dems need to vote out the GOP or as many as they can.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by White Eagle View Post
    I'm hoping you are wrong about the generation thing. However, you may be just right.
    The states Dems need to vote out the GOP or as many as they can.
    Oh don't misunderstand me, I believe popular opinion is on the verge of turning in almost all states within a few years, including Texas.

    However, majority opinion won't influence change. In Australia, the popular opinion is reliably in the 60s in favor of marriage equality, and yet a marriage equality bill was just defeated there. The religious right political machine must be challenged and overcome. I think that will take a generation.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

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    I have no choice but to believe you, you are so on top of this discussion. Keep it up, tho.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

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    If marriage equality passes in Texas, the entire nation will follow.

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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by JockBoy87 View Post
    Oh don't misunderstand me, I believe popular opinion is on the verge of turning in almost all states within a few years, including Texas.

    However, majority opinion won't influence change. In Australia, the popular opinion is reliably in the 60s in favor of marriage equality, and yet a marriage equality bill was just defeated there. The religious right political machine must be challenged and overcome. I think that will take a generation.
    The religious right
    Bumper sticker reads, "The Religious Right...they ain't religious and they ain't right."

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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrobin View Post
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    If marriage equality passes in Texas, the entire nation will follow.
    If it passes in Texas, the entire nation has been followed.

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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrobin View Post
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    If marriage equality passes in Texas, the entire nation will follow.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Well, removing the anti-gay amendment of the constitution will be a solid start.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    Well, removing the anti-gay amendment of the constitution will be a solid start.
    With any chance, the Supreme Court will get there first by the Summer.

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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    I would be very surprised if they make a sweeping ruling like that... Not to mention that Texas has never had actual gay marriage, so the situation is simply not the same as with Prop 8.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    This is something my partner and I needed before this. I missed out on it's ruling but I'm hoping it will be retroactive, but I doubt it.
    Do you think Texas is waking up?
    We'll see.

    OK, This thread is about the Texas Representatives filing bills. .


    Today I got this from the Senators. In addition of the above, Senator Chuy Hinojosa has filed this bill.
    Senator Chuy Hinojosa Files SB 480 to Create Civil Unions in Texas‏.

    Equality Texas (Info@EqualityTexas.org)

    For Immediate Release

    Contact:
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    Executive Director, Equality Texas
    O: 512-474-5475 x1


    Senator Chuy Hinojosa Files SB 480 to Create Civil Unions in Texas

    Sen. Chuy HinojosaAustin, Texas (February 11, 2013) – State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa of McAllen (D-20) today filed legislation [SB 480] to partially repeal Texas’ “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) which was added to the state’s Family Code in 2003. DOMA denies same-gender Texans in committed relationships the freedom to marry or enter into a civil union. The legislation filed by Senator Hinojosa would remove the prohibition of civil unions and provide for the establishment of civil unions for same-gender couples granting them “the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities under the law as are granted to spouses in a marriage.”

    If enacted, SB 480 would provide some important legal protections for same-gender couples, including property rights, homestead rights, child custody and support, adoption, intestate succession, probate transfers, group insurance for state employees, and workers’ compensation benefits. .

    If enacted, SB 480 would provide some important legal protections for same-gender couples, including property rights, homestead rights, child custody and support, adoption, intestate succession, probate transfers, group insurance for state employees, and workers’ compensation benefits.

    The legislation would take effect in 2014, but only if the constitutional amendment proposed last week by Senator Jose Rodriguez [SJR 29], Rep. Rafael Anchia [HJR 77] or Rep. Garnet Coleman [HJR 78] is approved by voters. SJR 29, HJR 77 or HJR 78 would repeal the 2005 Texas Marriage Amendment which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and prohibits recognition of anything similar to marriage, including civil unions.

    Statement of Equality Texas Executive Director Chuck Smith:

    Chuck Smith“We believe that every Texas family should be able to take care of those they love. Today’s action by Senator Hinojosa is a landmark first step in the process of dismantling Texas’ discriminatory “Defense of Marriage Act” and charting us on a path toward full equality.

    Equality Texas supports full equality and the freedom to marry. Our work for equal recognition of all Texas families will not be complete until the discriminatory Texas Marriage Amendment is repealed from the State Constitution and DOMA is fully repealed from the State Family Code, thus allowing committed same-gender couples the freedom to marry.

    Until then, this legislation would provide committed couples with some of the important protections they need in order to take care of their families.”
    The part I like is :

    If enacted, SB 480 would provide some important legal protections for same-gender couples, including property rights, homestead rights, child custody and support, adoption, intestate succession, probate transfers, group insurance for state employees, and workers’ compensation benefits.
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    Re: Texas State Reps. File Legislation to Repeal Discriminatory Marriage Amendment

    Quote Originally Posted by Rolyo85 View Post
    I would be very surprised if they make a sweeping ruling like that... Not to mention that Texas has never had actual gay marriage, so the situation is simply not the same as with Prop 8.
    I would not be surprised in the least. These constitutional amendments have the same body and spirit as Romer v. Evans. They are amendments meant to restrict minority access to government and are based solely in animus.

    That said, striking constitutional amendments would not necessarily make marriage equality the law in all 50 states, only strip them of their ability to block access to the regular organs of government.

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