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:

On February 26, a federal judge ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Texas, striking down the state's anti-marriage constitutional amendment. The decision was in DeLeon v. Perry, in which two same-sex couples sought the freedom to marry and respect for their out-of-state marriages in Texas. The decision was quickly appealed by Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Abbott to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the 5th Circuit. 

As the case makes its way up through the courts and appeals process, Texas residents across the state will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory.

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:

In the past, support for the freedom to marry in Texas was below 40% but today a majority of Texans (48%) now support marriage for same sex couples. (Texas Tech University, April 2014)

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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