Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Texas Voters Prohibit Gay Marriage

Texas voters went to the polls today to vote on a few local races and several proposed amendments to the Texas constitution. One proposed amendments defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The primary purpose of the amendment is to prohibit gay marriage.

Opponents argued that gay marriage is already illegal in Texas, making a constitutional amendment unnecessary. The opponents' argument ignores that courts in 3 states, Hawaii, Alaska, and Massachusetts, have ruled that the state constitution requires gay marriage. In Alaska and Hawaii, the gay marriage rulings created a backlash, and the state constitution was amended to prohibit gay marriage.

The voters overwhelmingly approved the amendment, with an early estimate of 76% for the amendment and 24% against it.

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