3 of 11 House Dems who opppose marriage equality are from Texas

Posted on 01 Apr 2013 at 11:06am
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U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, for the first time publicly expressed support for marriage equality, according to the Hill.

Three of the 11 House Democrats who oppose marriage equality hail from Texas, according to The Hill.

They are Henry Cuellar of San Antonio, Gene Green of Houston and Pete Gallego of Alpine.

With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up two marriage equality cases last week, The Hill contacted all 20 Democrats in the House who either oppose marriage equality or haven’t taken a position.

Gallego is a freshman who defeated Republican Francisco “Quico” Canseco in Texas’ only swing congressional district last year. During that race, Canseco sent out a mailer falsely accusing Gallego of supporting marriage equality.

Contacted by the Hill, Gallego’s staff confirmed that he opposes marriage equality. Gallego has said he supports civil unions.

According to the Hill, “Green said the choice should be left to the individual states but didn’t address DOMA, which he’d voted to uphold, or say whether he personally supported gay marriage.”

Cuellar’s office did not respond to the Hill’s inquiries. Neither did the office of freshman Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela, who is among nine additional Democrats in the House who have not indicated their position on marriage.

On the bright side, Texas Democratic Rep. Ruben Hinojosa for the first time publicly indicated that he supports marriage equality, according to the Hill.

As for Cuellar, Green and Gallego, it would appear as though they are running out of time to get on the right side of history.

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