Will Texans Lose Their Voting Rights Too?

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Yesterday the Texas Senate approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage sending the issue to voters.

With a law prohibiting same-sex marriages already on the books, if the constitutional amendment passes in this November's statewide election, Texas will join 14 states that statutorily and constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.

The rhetoric on both sides of the debate is nothing unfamiliar. Democratic Senator Rodney Ellis equated the amendment to Jim Crow-era discrimination laws and called it "trash." "At least they had the good sense to never write their bigotry into the state Constitution."

Well we'll see if the people of Texas support the "trashy" amendment that's equal to blacks being sprayed with hoses and attacked by police dogs. Of course, the way our courts work today it doesn't matter what the people say because it only takes one judge to render the power of the vote meaningless.