News (USA)

Texas state lawmaker introduces bill to legalize same-sex marriage

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.

© 2013, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn hails passage of ‘historic’ marriage equality bill

Previous article

Boehner: House may consider Senate version of Violence Against Women Act

Next article