Thursday, June 25, 2009

Texas and Same-Sex Unions

A new poll has been released showing something rather surprising.  57% of people surveyed in texas believe their should be some sort of legal recognition for same-sex unions. Here's the question and the results recorded by Texas Lyceum:

Recently, there are some debates about what rights should be afforded to same sex couples. Some favor civil unions which would give them access to healthcare, retirement and other benefits given to married couples. Others argue that same sex couples should have the right to marry as well. Still others oppose affording either of these rights to same sex couples.  Which is closest to your opinion?

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32% Civil Unions Only
25% Permit Same Sex Marriage
36% Neither
7% Don’t know

What's really remarkable about those numbers is the fact that Texas voted to define marriage as being between one man and one woman just 4 years ago.  Texas passed Proposition 2 with a wide margin in 2005. 4 years later attitudes have changed dramatically.

Specifically, the Texas Constitution in Article 1, Section 32 states that "(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".   2,260,695 people voted that year (it was a lousy turnout) and 76% of them voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman and that second part that implied civil unions were unconstitutional as well.  Section B was also aimed at limiting the recognition of marriages or civil unions performed in other states.

I am encouraged.  Now if we can just get rid of John Cornyn and John Carter and Rick Perry and ...

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