AUSTIN, Texas — Several Republican Texas lawmakers joined conservative leaders at the state capitol in Tuesday for a controversial slice of symbolic wedding cake in a 10th anniversary celebration of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
A Facebook post by conservative group Texas Values, announcing the celebration, drew hundreds of comments both praising and trashing the officials’ symbolic ceremony.
“My home state’s religious bigotry and god-approved hatred for their fellow man deeply saddens me,” sad one Facebook commenter.” It does you no harm when 2 people fall in love, regardless of their gender. You should spend more of your time cultivating love rather than hatred, nothing would better the world we ALL share more.”
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick spoke at the event, calling on Christians to rally in the battle for exclusively “traditional” marriages in Texas.