Will Texas be next? Texas Tribune, via the Gilmer Mirror
“There are moments in our lives that are flashbulb moments,” De Leon said during a town hall event last week, describing the decision she and Dimetman reached to challenge the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
With the case heading to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans next month, De Leon, Dimetman and gay rights advocates are holding their breath, hoping that Texas is on the verge of its own flashbulb moment. A federal district judge has alreadyruled in their favor, and if Texas’ appeals fail, the state may be compelled to join the almost three-quarters of the country that now allows same-sex marriage.
I'm glad to see the toppling of bigotry dominoes all over the country. The whole "This state gets to decide if they support intolerence and bigotry" has long bothered me as a measure of whether we are truly one national country or simply a collection of states that want to act like they are their own countries while holding out their hands for federal money. I've never understood why it made a hill of difference whether two men or two women marry each other, except to the religiously intolerant. Heck, even Rick Perry has no problem with gay people being foster parents, and he even expressed support for gay marriage in New York.
As a recap, back in 2005, Texas changed the Texas Constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.