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10/26/05-Tyler

Proposition Two Confusion

Early voting is underway in Texas. On the ballot are several constitutional ammendments including one that defines marriage as a union between a man and woman.

The proposition was co-authored by East Texas Senator Todd Staples. A new group, Save Texas Marriage, opposes the proposition. They say the use of the word 'identical' is problematic.

Part B of the proposition reads like this:

"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."

Glen Maxey, a former Democratic House Member and gay rights activist, is an advisor to Save Texas Marriage.

Maxey told us,"The legislature in our state, contrary to every other state that's done this, left off the modifying language that would make it clear that it applied to gay people."

Senator Todd Staples defends the bill saying, "The Attorney General's Office, Texas Legal Counsel, and other legal scholars have assured me this language is solid and does what it is intended to do."

The conservative group Liberty Legal Institute has a problem with how Save Texas Marriage is campaigning against the amendment. Half a million phone calls went out to Texas voters from Save Texas Marriage. They heard a recorded message from a reverend saying the amendment jeopardizes traditional marriage.

Liberty Legal claims this tactic is deceitful. They say it was designed to confuse people about what the amendment means. Liberty Legal has filed complaints with the FCC, The Federal Election Commission, and The Federal Trade Commission.

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