Texas' gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages


The amendment, approved by the Legislature and overwhelmingly ratified by voters, declares that “marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.” But the troublemaking phrase, as Radnofsky sees it, is Subsection B, which declares:

“This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”

Architects of the amendment included the clause to ban same-sex civil unions and domestic partnerships. But Radnofsky, who was a member of the powerhouse Vinson & Elkins law firm in Houston for 27 years until retiring in 2006, says the wording of Subsection B effectively “eliminates marriage in Texas,” including common-law marriages.

Schadenfreude is the best freude.

Sounds like the plot to some direct-to-video National Lampoon-branded film.

If only all states would follow suit! Leave religion to the churches.

My thoughts exactly. Finally a proper separation of church and state!

HA HA - My plan is finally enacted. Next step - write the domestic partnership classification into partnership law.

I wonder if I’m allowed to be proud that this is my state even if the legislature only passed it because they’re morons?

This would be all kinds of awesome if it holds up.

Is this ironic? Quick, someone page Alanis so we can get a ruling!