Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment
Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in Texas so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.
Private lawyers in Texas have filed several lawsuits seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples across the state of Texas, including one, DeLeon v. Perry, in which a federal judge heard oral arguments in February 2014. Read more about marriage litigation in Texas.
In 2005, anti-gay forces in Texas pushed through Proposition 2, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any other form of legal family status.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Equality Texas is a statewide political advocacy organization working to advance the cause of equality for all Texans.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.
A majority of Texans (61%) support either marriage or civil union for same-sex couples. (Public Policy Polling, February 2013)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:
According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 46,401 same-sex couples are living in Texas, representing 5.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Texas
Today, February 26, 2014, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that laws in Texas prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying are unconstitutional. The judge also issued a stay on the ruling pending appeal.
Today, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis spoke out about why marriage matters in her state, explaining that she supports the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
In the past week, the flurry of activity around marriage litigation hasn't slowed down: Two new lawsuits were filed today, and in Texas and Nevada, big developments could translate to big wins.
Resources Related to Texas
UCLA demographers analyzing 2010 Census Bureau data have found that same-sex couples raising children are more common in the South than in any other region in the United States.
The 2010 Texas Lyceum poll shows that a majority of Texans support some form of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Texas.