Texas Senate revives anti-gay marriage language by attaching it to another bill

Texas state capitol in Austin.

Texas state capitol in Austin.

Texas state capitol in Austin.

Texas state capitol in Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has revived an anti-gay marriage bill that had appeared dead in the final week of the session.

The measure bars public funds from being used in same-sex marriage licenses. Although it failed in the House, it was inserted into a Senate bill and is likely set for a vote Wednesday.

If it passes the Senate, it will go back to the House to consider before session ends June 1.

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Democratic Sen. Eddie Lucio, chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee, said Republican Rep. Cecil Bell asked senators to keep the bill alive for a last-ditch effort to pass it through the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Lucio said he voted for the bill, unlike other Democrats, to support “traditional structure of the family and family values.”

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