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Texas passed HRJ 6, a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Some people have already noted that the language in the first part is self-contradicting.

What's fascinating to me, however, is the second part:

SECTION 2. This state recognizes that through the
designation of guardians, the appointment of agents, and the use of
private contracts, persons may adequately and properly appoint
guardians and arrange rights relating to hospital visitation,
property, and the entitlement to proceeds of life insurance
policies without the existence of any legal status identical or
similar to marriage.

While this was almost certainly written to mean that the state recognizes that currently existing methods of designating guardians, appointing agents, or using private contracts are adequate, the language could also be construed to mean that the state recognizes that marriage is not a necessary pre-condition to appointing guardians, arranging rights to hospital visitation, property, and the entitlement to proceeds of life insurance policies.

In other words, in the great State of Texas, the only unique advantage to marriage is... a tax break.

Can't wait to see this one brought to the courts.

Date: 2005-11-09 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
wow, that's really something. in my imaginary fantasy universe this was written, not by a total idiot, but by a really clever subersive sort. next they will provide everyone in texas with a pet monkey.

Date: 2005-11-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Monkey legislators, to me!

Date: 2005-11-09 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. Just utterly amazing.

Does the Texas Supreme Court have the power to throw out a law because it's stupid and was written by slack-jawed drooling microcephalic chimps?

Date: 2005-11-09 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And yet in discussing this with a co-worker (who is a vehement homophobe), when pressed repeatedly to justify the restriction, he can only come up with "They shouldn't get married because it makes me uncomfortable." He's a very nice guy, and he doesn't wish harm on anyone, but he can't get his emotional reaction down to something like "it doesn't have anything to do with you, does it?"

Date: 2005-11-10 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had a similar experience with a coworker from Mississippi when I was in Texas for a training. Nicest guy in the world, friendly wife, pleasant teenage daughter, and then, as we're driving along, he asks, "Is it true there are a lot of queers out there in San Francisco?"

I think it really underlines the power of the boogy-man effect: what people really do not understand, they fear.


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