May 26, 2015      11:12 AM
Anti-gay marriage language that died in the House has new life in the Senate
With little fanfare, anti-gay marriage language was added in Senate Intergovernmental Relations and voted out
a bill that would have barred state and local governments from using public
funds to issue same-sex marriage licenses died in the Texas House, very similar
language was rolled out in a Senate committee Monday. But, the
language was slipped into a benign sounding bill and so far has caught the
attention of very few people.
Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, laid out
the omnibus county bill by Rep. Garnet
Coleman, D-Houston, in Senate Intergovernmental Relations.
In Lucio’s committee substitute for House Bill 2977, the same anti-gay
marriage language pushed unsuccessfully by Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, was inserted. Bell’s bill died because it
wasn’t debated on the House floor prior to a key deadline.
By Scott Braddock