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Texas Accidentally Bans Straight Marriage
Law designed to forbid gay civil unions actually bars any unions
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2009 7:28 AM CST
Jenna Bush celebrates with her new husband, Henry Hager, following their marriage at the Bush family's Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas, Saturday, May 10, 2008.   (AP Photo/The White House/Shealah Craighead)

(Newser) – The geniuses who wrote Texas’ gay marriage ban may have accidentally banned all marriage in the state, according to one Houston lawyer. Subsection B of the ban, a constitutional amendment ratified in 2005, states, “This state…may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.” The intent was to prevent even civil unions for gay couples—but it doesn’t actually specify the “gay” part.

The wording essentially “eliminates marriage in Texas,” Barbara Ann Radnofsky, the Democratic candidate for state attorney general tells the McClatchy Papers. “You do not have to have a fancy law degree to read this and understand what it plainly says.” Conservatives scoffed at Radnofsky’s tactics. “It’s a silly argument,” said the head of an organization that helped draft the amendment. A lawsuit based on it would have “about one chance in a trillion” of succeeding.

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Dec 23, 2009 1:35 AM CST
[[ Are ALL Texans idiots?? ]] --- Just the ones who voted for Obama.
Nov 26, 2009 12:36 PM CST
how absurd, yet oddly gratifying. illegalizing marriage in all forms may be a victory for homosexual couples more than they realize. When a small group of people decide that they aren't getting something that others are getting, sometimes it's better to realize that the thing isn't something that anyone should have. When it comes to voting for equal rights for everyone, I think I would vote yes on banning marriage.
Nov 24, 2009 1:42 AM CST
hahaha thats way to funny!