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10/30/05 - Nacogdoches

Proposition 2 - The Same Sex Marriage Amendment

by Donna McCollum

Across the nation, there's a movement to pass constitutional amendments to ban gay marriages. It's a prelude in the attempt to achieve the same thing at the federal level.

Vision America founder Dr. Rick Scarborough says he travels to Washington D.C. up to twice a month to specifically address the federal marriage amendment. The rest of the time, he's trying to get the measure passed at the state level. "We're only debating this whole issue because of a successful, militant homosexual agenda pressing this issue, and the court's mandating it," said Scarborough.

In disagreement is Perry Moon, sponsor of the gay-lesbian group on the campus of Stephen F Austin State University. He believes Proposition 2 proponents are wary of social change. Moon said, "I don't see that same sex marriage takes anything away from traditional marriages between opposite sex couples. I think it's just something new for people, just like interracial marriage was threatening for people many years ago."

East Texas Senator Todd Staples wrote the proposition. Opponents say he did a poor job. Captain Trampes C. Crow with "Save Texas Marriage" said, "How this happened and how this faulty piece of legislation has landed on the ballot is open for debate. Most likely, proponents of the bill felt they could take advantage of the emotional aspect of this wedge issue." They contend the wording jeopardizes traditional marriages.

Attorney General Greg Abbott disagrees. Apparently, so does the legislature who helped get it on the ballot. This even after it passed a law last session that defines marriage between a man and a woman. Staples and other legislators feared constitutional challenges of that law in the courts, such as what happened in Massachusetts.

Scarborough is adamant with his belief. "We're being ruled by a handful of judges that are taking their morality and imposing it upon the people." Moon said, "We don't have those judges in Texas. There's no movement afoot in the legislature to make it legal. It's extremely unlikely that the Supreme Court of Texas will follow the example of Massachusetts and mandate that it will be made legal."

Both sides have their arguments in place, but is it enough to bring voters out from either side? Constitutional amendments, no matter how controversial they may be, attract few voters to the polls.

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