Texas among states ‘Least Likely to Legalize Gay Marriage Anytime Soon’

Posted on 02 Jan 2013 at 1:06pm

While a record number of Texas voters support some form of relationship recognition for same-sex couples, the Lone Star State is still viewed as one of the last states that will legalize it.

A Huffington Post article ranks the nine states that are the least likely to legalize same-sex marriage in the near future based on the percentage of voters who favored a state constitutional ban.

Mississippi was No. 1 with 86 percent of voters who supported the ban, followed by Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas.

Texas passed its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in 2005 with 76 percent of voter support.

Austin’s KUT News recently examined if marriage equality could come to Texas, which could happen depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court’s rules in the Proposition 8 case that challenges California’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

LGBT experts believe that if the Supreme Court ruling doesn’t affect Texas, it could take a decade for the high court to hear another case that would ultimately force Texas to recognize same-sex marriages.

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