Texas

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; a federal judge has ruled that the amendment is unconstitutional, and the decision is now on appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, with the ruling stayed.

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

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.

HISTORY:

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.

POLLING DATA:

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.

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Litigation Round-Up: Where marriage cases stand in the federal appellate courts

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Census 2010: More Gay Parents Raising Children in South

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.

New Poll Shows A Majority of Texans Support Freedom to Marry, Relationship Recognition

The 2010 Texas Lyceum poll shows that a majority of Texans support some form of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples.

Texas Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Texas.

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