Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, has inserted language into a House bill that would bar county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
According to Quorum Report, Lucio added the language during a committee hearing on HB 2977 by Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston. The move largely flew under the radar.
It is similar to HB 4105 by Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, that died before reaching a key vote. After its defeat he said previously he would find another way to insert some form of HB 4105 as an amendment to another bill.
The amended version now heads to the Senate floor for a vote, making it the first record anti-same-sex marriage vote this session but will face a hurdle in the House. Coleman is one of the House’s top LGBT allies.