The Associated Press reports that early election returns in Texas indicate that the amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman has passed. The good news is that the amendment also outlaws civil unions and any other arrangement that resembles marriage. Here’s how the new amendment reads:
(a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.
(b) This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage (source).
This amendment not only constitutionally prohibits Texas from “marrying” and conferring civil unions on homosexual couples, it also prohibits recognizing such “unions” even if they are granted in other states. That means that there won’t be any grounds for a challenge in court if a “married” homosexual couple moves in from out of state.
I am really happy about this result. It’s better for this issue to be decided by the people of Texas than by judges.