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Old 06-28-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Well too bad they voted a few years back to ban relationship recognition for same-sex couples.
I hope Equality Texas gets the ball rolling to strike some of the language out of the amendment that will allow for civil unions or domestic partnerships.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:19 PM
 
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No. What do you mean? Why are they insane?

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Have you seen the Texas Republican Party platform (the state-level platform)? It's INSANE.

Granted, the lawmakers aren't as bad as the platform, but still...
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Texas
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No. What do you mean?
I made a thread about it the other day.

The RR: sure to lead to the demise of the GOP

There's a link on there and I describe some of the highlights in the OP.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I hope Equality Texas gets the ball rolling to strike some of the language out of the amendment that will allow for civil unions or domestic partnerships.
50% of the voters would likely be OK with that. The problem is that 2/3 of the State Senate and 2/3 of the State House would not. That's what's required for a constitutional amendment in TX, in addition to the 50% vote of the people. (Yes, it would take another amendment to amend the current one.)
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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50% of the voters would likely be OK with that. The problem is that 2/3 of the State Senate and 2/3 of the State House would not. That's what's required for a constitutional amendment in TX. It would take another amendment to amend the current one.
So ALL amendments are required to go through the legislature?
I know here in AR there are what's called "initiatives" where the citizens of the state collect signatures to get an issue on the ballot, it doesn't require legislature approval, just Attorney general approval to make sure it's legal and everything.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Texas
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So ALL amendments are required to go through the legislature?
That is correct. They must be proposed by a legislator, approved by 2/3 of that legislator's chamber (be it the House or the Senate), then approved by 2/3 of the other chamber to even get on the ballot. Then 50% of the voters have to approve.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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It's pretty strict but IMHO that's good. Must be to others as well since so many are flocking here from other states (it's like The Grapes of Wrath..go to Texas, go to Texas this time round)
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:45 PM
 
Location: DC area
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I will believe that when the state of texas votes yes for either gay marriage or a civil union. I think more states would vote yes for a civil union but calling it marriage is whats hurting the cause
That's exactly what I was thinking when I read the OP.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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That is correct. They must be proposed by a legislator, approved by 2/3 of that legislator's chamber (be it the House or the Senate), then approved by 2/3 of the other chamber to even get on the ballot. Then 50% of the voters have to approve.
Hmmm...well hopefully the people of Texas will vote for more people who will try to repeal Amendment 2 but I'm not holding my breath.
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Old 06-28-2009, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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I will believe that when the state of texas votes yes for either gay marriage or a civil union. I think more states would vote yes for a civil union but calling it marriage is whats hurting the cause
The people of Texas voted to ban both same-sex marriage and civil unions just a few years ago by a huge margin. (76 - 24)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_proposition_2_(2005)

Calling it marriage makes it more difficult, for sure, but I wonder if Texans would even go for civil unions. I sort of doubt it.
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