Better East Texas: Same sex marriage

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - Well, Texas may soon become a part of an island at least on the issue of the definition of marriage.

While the United States as a whole is warming up to the idea of allowing gays to legally marry, the state of Texas has a constitutional showdown brewing.  In November of two-thousand five, Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas constitution that defines marriage as a union between a single man and single woman.  Thirty-one other states have similar amendments.  So a majority of states have this provision, but recent polls show that 49 percent of Americans are OK with same sex marriage.

Congress is changing as well and the Supreme Court will most likely address it at some point.  So what happens if a law is passed at the federal level while many states have clear constitutional amendments that counter the federal law?  That is where the real battle will take place.  In most cases, federal law trumps or preempts state law.  But the issue of defining marriage has long been reserved for states to tackle as civil matters.

Currently a state can refuse to recognize a marriage if it was performed in another state and even recognized in that other state.  Regardless of where you fall on this issue, it is a states' right to define marriage and the federal government needs to stay hands off.

In fact, the feds need to focus on creating a solution for the anemic economy before the topic of same-sex marriage, and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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