texas-capitolA bill that would have barred county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples died in the House this morning (Friday, May 15).

“The Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act,” HB 4105 by Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, was filed ahead of an anticipated summer Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality. It had the support of 91 of the 98 members of the House GOP, more than any other piece of legislation explicitly targeting the LGBT community.

House opponents, including many Democrats, were united in opposition to the bill, utilizing a process known as chubbing to slow the legislative process.