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Texas state lawmaker introduces bill to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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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  1. Good luck with that.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:35pm
  2. True…

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:37pm
  3. It starts with one person standing up for what is right. Good luck indeed. I hope it catches on, and I hope it gains momentum. All American citizens deserve equal protection under the law… all of us.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:37pm
  4. go Rep Burnam…well done

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:40pm
  5. I called my rep and asked him to support this bill I know it has a snowballs chance in Texas but I would like to be equal to my straight counter parts. Been together 24 years and proud Texan for over 50!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:40pm
  6. I think if we secured texas, the rest of the states are just a matter of paperwork…

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:41pm
  7. I thought TX was going to secede? I signed the petition

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:47pm
  8. Wow Texas is the last state I would think to legalize gay marriage.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:53pm
  9. Maybe the time has come, but I think Texas will be a hard one!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:53pm
  10. Texas???? Did Hell freeze over???

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:58pm
  11. As shocked as I am, Im very happy to see this, Now if Virginia, joins in, We are on our way to it being Federal.. Congrats Texas.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:59pm
  12. Everything is big in Texas…Seems like their hearts should be too.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:03pm
  13. Perhaps with all the hullabaloo over gun control, the reich wing extremists are otherwise distracted (shiny things do that too…and cake…they all want cake) and we will have marriage equality in the USA.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:03pm
  14. TEXAS ?? Did I read that correctly ?? Holy Crapshoot Batman !! It’s a Miracle :-) :-) :-)

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:04pm
  15. Within 15 years TX could be blue!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:07pm
  16. Woot!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:09pm
  17. It’s about time!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:20pm
  18. Brave.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:28pm
  19. Michigan will be just as hard as Texas. Our governor put a ban on it as soon as as he took office. And go figure, my gf moves here to Michigan from Texas to be with me lol.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:32pm
  20. If it can be done in Texas it can be done everywhere

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:32pm
  21. Wa-hoo!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:53pm
  22. Moved from Texas to Cali wowee awesome news for my peeps back home

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 3:59pm
  23. My view of Texas is always evolving. My view of the Marine Corp evolved considerably after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was removed and they were the once service that would do everything in their power to recruit gay and lesbian into their ranks.

    Texas may be just like they are and staff the rest of the country forward on gay marriage. I would never have thought it remotely possible until today.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:26pm
  24. It is a good try.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:54pm
  25. Maybe it’ the Texas in an alternate universe…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5:16pm
  26. Go Texas!

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5:44pm
  27. hahaha if this happens I will shit myself

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:24pm
  28. That is one brave man. Hooray for you, sir.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7:07pm
  29. You are soooo informative my friend,thanks ;-)

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 7:20pm
  30. It would be a freaking miracle.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 8:40pm
  31. @Melissa Mashika, I agree but that’s as long as if Shnyder is in office :P worst freakin governor ever.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:08pm
  32. It will create a voting record to reference for the next election.

    Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:44pm