Dan-PatrickA resolution introduced by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, supporting “traditional marriage” passed the Senate 21-10 today after testy debate.

Hancock introduced the resolution after Sen. Eddie Lucio II, D-Brownsville, pulled language from HB 2977 that would deny county officials from issuing same-sex marriages. Lucio joined all Republicans in backing the bill.

“I am proud to add my support to that of twenty Republican senators who approved Senate Resolution 1028 as a unified support of traditional marriage between a man and a woman,” wrote Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a press statement. “This effort mirrors the will of 76 percent of Texas voters who previously voted to make this definition a part of the state constitution in 2005.”