Senate Republicans pass resolution affirming support for same-sex marriage ban in Texas

AUSTIN – After running out of legislative options to reinforce the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Republican majority in the Senate opted instead Wednesday to pass a non-binding resolution affirming their support of the prohibition.

By a 21-10 vote, the Senate adopted a resolution by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, that voiced support for the 2005 constitutional amendment adopted by voters that defined marriage in Texas as “the legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife.”

One Democrat, Eddie Lucio of Brownsville, joined with the chamber’s 20 Republicans in approving the resolution.

“The institution of marriage between a man and woman is clearly established in the Texas Constitution,” Hancock explained, noting that 76 percent of Texas voters supported the constitutional ban in 2005.

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