Bill White officially isn’t talking about Prop 8 ruling

Posted on 06 Aug 2010 at 8:51pm

On Thursday I sent an e-mail to Katy Bacon, a spokeswoman for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White, inquiring whether the former Houston mayor had any comment on Wednesday’s Prop 8 ruling. Bacon responded as follows: “No he does not.”

The Dallas Morning News asked White the same thing on Friday in Fort Worth, and he gave pretty much the same answer:

On another topic, White, the former mayor of Houston, declined to offer an opinion on a federal judge’s decision this week to strike down California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

White said he’s been too busy running for governor of Texas to study the legal briefs in the California case.

Asked if he thought a Texas ban on gay marriage, approved by voters in 2005, should be reversed, White would only say: “The Texas Constitution has been amended to prevent it, and that’s a fact.”

On Thursday we wrote about how anti-gay Republicans in Texas have been deafeningly silent about the ruling. The topic later was the subject of a segment on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” who noted that Republicans nationwide are largely avoiding an issue that was their rallying cry¬† just five short years ago.

The fact of the matter is, though, that in places like Texas, most Democrats don’t want to talk about it either.

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