Tribpedia: Gay Marriage

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In May 2005, Texas legislators amended the state Constitution to specify that "marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman." That November, about 76 percent of Texas voters approved the gay-marriage ban.

Before and after that, however, transgender marriage cases sparked controversies and confusion about what, for the sake of marriage, legally defines ...

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GOP Lawmakers Make Case for Upholding Gay Marriage Ban

GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general Dan Patrick (l.) and Ken Paxton.
GOP nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general Dan Patrick (l.) and Ken Paxton.

UPDATED: Removing Texas' same-sex marriage ban could clear the way for bigamy, pedophilia and incest, according to a federal brief signed by 63 Texas Republican lawmakers including the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. 

 

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (far left) presents wooden gavels to nine Texas Catholic bishops at the Texas Senate on April 6, 2011
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (far left) presents wooden gavels to nine Texas Catholic bishops at the Texas Senate on April 6, 2011

Papal and Public Opinion on Gay Marriage

Whether or not the Catholic Church remains strongly opposed to gay marriage under Pope Francis I, one thing is for sure: There is a clear and widening gap between papal and public opinion on same-sex relationships in the U.S., and Texas is no exception.

 

Tom Brown, the founder and pastor of Word of Life Church (left) and El Paso city Reps. Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd and Mayor John Cook (right).
Tom Brown, the founder and pastor of Word of Life Church (left) and El Paso city Reps. Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd and Mayor John Cook (right).

Bitter Battle Over Same-Sex Benefits Divides El Paso

El Paso Mayor John Cook and two City Council members face a recall election over the city's controversial decision to extend health care benefits to unmarried domestic partners of city workers — gay and straight.