There are some things that never change. Texas has always been a traditional and conservative state to say the least, that does not react well to change and diversity. Despite the fact that same-sex marriage should be a possibility in the state, Texas officials are working hard to impose a gay-marriage ban once again.
On Thursday, Rep. Cecil Bell expected his bill to pass with flying colors, since the 90 co-authors behind it would have been more than enough to constitute a majority in the 150-member committee. However, due to stalling tactics, as he says, they never got to the gay-marriage bill, to Bell’s utter despair.
He was absolutely enraged by this situation, because he feels that the majority of Texans support the ban on gay-marriage and that it would reflect the wishes of the state’s population. Back in 2005, up to 76% of Texans have voted for instituting a strong hard ban on same sex marriage.
Jonathan Saenz, Texas Values Action chairman, and therefore a great supporter of Bell’s bill, shared his outrage and insisted on making it perfectly clear that this is only a delay on the matter and that they will not stop until traditional man-woman marriage remains the sole option for Texans.
“If anyone dares think that somehow, something has changed in Texas just because this one bill didn’t pass, they’re going to be sorely mistaken,” said an infuriated Saenz.
If Rep. Cecil Bell’s bill would be passed, it would forbid any political or state authority from “issuing, enforcing, or recognizing” any and all marriage licenses for same-sex partners. This is the reason why it has been regarded as “mean-spirited” by its opponents, and was most likely purposely stalled until the end of the day, so that it be delayed further.
Despite the fact that the stalling of this bill is far from being a solution to the matter at hand, it might provide the necessary time for some Texan same-sex couples to live their life-long dream of getting marries.
And just to make sure that the bill’s opponents perfectly understand that the fight is not over, Rep. Cecil Bell and his posse have issued an extremely angry letter in protest to the happenings on Thursday. They explained how in their view, the marriage between two men or two women is not only unnatural and immoral, but it will bring out the destruction of our civilization.
This battle appears to have been won by gay-marriage supporters, but the Texan war is far from being over. The next battle is actually an easier one, as next week another bill on the matter will be discussed. It would provide pastors with the right to refuse to perform a marriage ceremony for same-sex couples.
However, Rep. Cecil Bell is quite adamant in his belief for his bill and warns that he will come back for a reckoning worthy of remembrance, since traditional marriage is the bedrock of our society and no other version of it should be an option in the state of Texas.
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