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Texas state lawmaker introduces bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 14, 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas — A Democratic lawmaker has introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Texas, 10 years after the Legislature proposed a constitutional amendment banning it.

Lon Burnam

Fort Worth Rep. Lon Burnam said Thursday he filed the measure as a Valentine’s Day gift to all Texans. If passed, the bill would legalize same-sex marriage once Texas voters remove the constitutional prohibition against it. Texas voters imposed the ban in 2005.

Democrats have already filed three joint resolutions calling for a new statewide vote on gay marriage.

Nine states have legalized same-sex marriages and, on Thursday, the Illinois Senate approved another such measure.

The bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Legislature, but Democrats want to vote on them anyway.

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