Coleman files bill to repeal Texas’ marriage ban

Posted on 23 Feb 2011 at 10:02am
Rep. Garnet Coleman

State Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, has filed a joint resolution that would repeal the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Coleman has filed a similar resolution in each session since the constitutional amendment was placed on the ballot by the Legislature in 2005.

In order to pass, the resolution would need a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate. Needless to say, this isn’t going to happen, but hey, you’ve gotta start somewhere. If Coleman’s resolution were to pass, repeal of the amendment would still need to be approved by a simple majority of voters and would appear on the ballot in November 2011.

Unfortunately, a repeal of the constitutional amendment is necessary before Texas can grant same-sex couples any form of relationship recognition, including civil unions or domestic partnerships. That’s because the broadly worded amendment prohibits the state or a political subdivision from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

The full text of Coleman’s H.J.R. 102 is after the jump.

A JOINT RESOLUTION

proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of
the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing
any legal status identical or similar to marriage.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

SECTION 1. Section 32, Article I, Texas Constitution, is repealed.

SECTION 2. This proposed constitutional amendment shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 8, 2011.
The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the proposition: “The constitutional amendment repealing the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”

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