Nine Constitutional Amendments On Texas Ballot

Most voters will likely stay away from the polls today in Texas.

The top election official predicts about 16 percent of the state's 12-point-five (m) million voters will turn out to consider nine proposed amendments to the Texas constitution. That's typical for an election in which there are no people running for office. About 12 percent turned out for the last one in 2003.

Most of the attention this time is on Proposition Two, a same-sex marriage ban.

Same-sex marriage already is outlawed in Texas. Prop Two supporters say a constitutional ban is necessary to ensure that a judge doesn't decide to allow gays to marry.

Opponents say the measure is so poorly written it could endanger common-law marriages, or even traditional ones.

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