Legislature of the State of Texas: Recognize the Freedom to Marry!
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Legislature of the State of Texas: Recognize the Freedom to Marry!

    1. Daniel Cates
    2. Petition by

      Daniel Cates

      Dallas, United States

Two-thirds of Texas’ voters now support some form of legal recognition for lesbian & gay couples.

Austin, Texas (February 6, 2013) – State Representatives Rafael Anchia of Dallas (D-103) and Garnet Coleman of Houston (D-147) today filed legislation [HJR 77 and HJR 78] to repeal the constitutional amendment added to the Bill of Rights to the Texas Constitution in 2005. The amendment denies same-gender Texans in committed relationships the freedom to marry or enter into a civil union.

“In 2005, most Texans did not support any form of legal recognition for lesbian and gay couples. But, public opinion has changed greatly in the last eight years, both across the country and right here in Texas,” said Representative Coleman, who has championed a repeal in multiple legislative sessions. “Two-thirds of Texas’ voters now believe the state should allow some form of legal recognition for committed same-gender couples,” Coleman said.

Indeed, an October, 2012 University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll reported that 36 percent of Texas voters surveyed would support allowing lesbian & gay couples to marry, while another 33 percent would allow civil unions but not marriage. Only 25 percent of Texas voters said that same-gender couples should neither be allowed to marry nor enter into a civil union.

“Millions of Texans have had their own very personal evolution on this issue,” said Chuck Smith, Executive Director at Equality Texas. “Texans now agree that all couples in loving and committed relationships deserve the opportunity to create stronger and more successful families. Because the Texas Constitution currently prohibits any form of recognition similar to marriage, the first step toward civil unions or marriage must be repeal of the discriminatory 2005 amendment,” Smith concluded.

“My constituents include many couples and families who are negatively impacted by the current constitutional restrictions. It is time we revisit this issue; it is time we treat all Texans with dignity and respect,” Rep. Anchia concluded.

To:
Legislature of the State of Texas.
Repeal the Ban on Same Sex Marriage in TX!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. We are gaining momentum!

      Daniel Cates
      Petition Organizer

      More good news from the Texas Senate! We must stand now as a state to support this change! Please continue to share this petition with your friends and families!

      Jose Rodriguez files Senate version of bill to repeal TX marriage amendment

      State Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, filed companion bill SJR 29 today to repeal the state's marriage amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman. State Reps. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, filed a joint resolution Monday calling for a ballot measure in November to repeal the amendment that prohibits the recognition of anything similar of identical to marriage - including civil unions.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. It's up to us!

      Daniel Cates
      Petition Organizer

      There are representatives in the TX Legislature who support us! Now it is up to us to make this happen! It is time for all Texans, LGBT and straight, all races, religions and creeds- who believe in justice and equality to SAY SO! Please share this petition everywhere you can!

      Reps. Anchia, Coleman file bill to repeal Texas' marriage amendment

      While Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, has filed a bill to repeal the marriage amendment repeatedly since it passed in 2005, we're pretty sure this marks the first time Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, has signed on as a co-author. Here's the full release from Equality Texas: Reps.

    5. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Natalie Kortum AUSTIN, TX
      • 11 months ago

      No one's love is less equal.

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    • Carrie Ivy DALLAS, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      It's the right thing to do.

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    • dawne butler SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      Basing civil laws on religious beliefs is wrong.

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    • NATALIE IVEY BEDFORD, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      It is quite simple: Because of Separation of Church and State, Religious Institutions are under no obligation to marry anyone. The Federal and State Governments however, cannot deny any American or legal Resident the same rights under the constitution. I also see this as a boon to the economy of Texas because most LGBT couple are "dual - income, no kids" and have a larger disposable income, that can be spent in the Hospitality and Wedding Industry.

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    • Rev Robert Hall EL CAMPO, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      As the Ecumenical Catholic Bishop of Texas, we in the Ecumencal Catholic Church have supported Marriage Equality since our inception in 1987. I have served as a Master Police Officer in Texas since 1983. I am gay. I should have the same rights as everyone else to marry who I wish.

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