Repeal of the Discriminatory Texas Marriage Amendment.
HJR 78: Proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.
Primary Author: Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
Joint Author: Rep. Anchia (D-Dallas)
Co-Author: Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City)
Background: In 2005, a constitutional amendment to ban marriage between same gender couples was proposed, voted on and passed into law. This bill would propose a constitutional amendment to repeal the provision in the Texas constitution that prohibits marriage between same gender couples and prohibits the state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage. The bill would require that the proposed constitutional amendment be printed on a ballot to allow voters to vote for or against the measure at an election to be held November 5, 2013.
House Committee on State Affairs.
Actions: 02/25/2013 - Referred to House Committee on State Affairs.
02/06/2013 - Filed.
Equality Texas Position: Equality Texas supports HJR 78. This bill is part of our Legislative Agenda.
Bill History – Bill History for HJR 78