Via email from hate group leader Brian Brown:
I want to alert you to a major development in Texas that could result in marriage being restored as solely the union of one man and one woman in this great state. A powerful state Representative, James White, has written to state Attorney General Ken Paxton asking him to rule that the marriage laws of Texas – defining marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman – remain in effect and that no person is required to recognize homosexual ‘marriages’ in Texas. Paxton is considering the request.
Rep. White, the Chairman of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee in the Texas House of Representatives, cites numerous state constitutional and statutory provisions, as well as federal case law making it clear that the US Supreme Court’s ruling in the Obergefell gay marriage case did not repeal or amend state law in Texas.
Rep White’s letter to Attorney General Paxton asks him to confirm that no person in Texas is required to recognize same-sex ‘marriages,’ declare that the state’s constitution and statutes defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman remain in effect, and state that the US Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision redefining marriage does not allow citizens of Texas to disregard the state’s marriage laws. Our petition to AG Paxton asks him to issue this ruling. Please sign the petition today.
It would send a shock wave around the country if the state of Texas formally declared that its laws defining marriage solely as the union of one man and one woman remain in effect and cannot be disregarded in their state. Not only would this likely result in numerous other states following Texas’ lead, but it would tee this issue up for the US Supreme Court to revisit their anti-constitutional ruling in the Obergefell case.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
Do private citizens in Texas need to recognize gay marriages? That’s the question Rep. James White, a Republican lawmaker running for statewide office, asked the attorney general last week. White’s request for opinion caused a stir on social media, baffling constitutional scholars and angering gay rights advocates. Experts said they didn’t think White’s request would have any impact on current law, chalking it up to political posturing ahead of a conservative primary race.
“Some people were saying, ‘Oh he’s asking to see if Obergefell is applicable to Texas,’” White said. “No, I’m not saying that. It is applicable to Texas — as it applies to government officials recognizing different marriage constructs.” He added: “But how does it apply to private citizens?” Constitutional law experts said White’s request is perplexing because the First Amendment already extends private citizens the right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages.
So, bottom line, Brian Brown is lying, again, just to fire up the rubes to send him more money.