Conservatives call vote victory for values; foes promise battle in court
07:04 AM CST on Wednesday, November 9, 2005
By ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News
AUSTIN – Texans voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to bolster the state's ban on same-sex marriage by writing it into the state constitution, rejecting concerns that the broadly worded amendment could go much further than intended.
The measure swept most of the state's major urban counties, including Dallas and Tarrant. Overall, the amendment, Proposition 2 on the statewide ballot, prevailed by about a 3-to-1 ratio as voters decided nine amendments.
He said the Legislature's failure to specify that it was trying to prohibit alternatives to marriage for "unmarried individuals" means that "all marriages would be annulled, technically speaking." And Mr. Cole predicted challenges to gay couples' arrangements for property and end-of-life medical decisions.
"There's going to be some major-league issues on this thing, and I think it's going to have to be amended again at some point in time for some clarification purposes," he said.
Glen Maxey, a former House Democrat who was the first openly gay person elected to the Texas Legislature, said the defeat stings but won't deter gays from demanding equality. He pointed to two new political groups that will raise money to try to elect lawmakers more attuned to gay and lesbians' concerns next year.
"This battle for civil rights is not just an event, it's long term," he said. After the polls closed, he made a point of visiting the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, where, he said, students voted more than 4-to-1 against the amendment.
"I looked at that and I said, 'Well, that's the next generation,' " he said. "I look at it with a lot of silver linings tonight."
I agree with Mr. Maxey. Despite the older generation and some of my generation voting for the amendment, there have been plenty of college age students who were taught that love knows no gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Most of this was a get out the vote for Rick Perry and his ilk. His strategy worked, as we know from my last post. He energized the far right base. I find it disturbing that my former state is moving more and more towards a theocracy, but the citizens voted the way they felt.