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Thursday, May 21

Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs

The Texas House voted Thursday to let clergy members refuse to perform marriages that violate their religious beliefs — further shielding the nation’s largest conservative state from a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to wed.
Republicans, who control the Legislature and haven’t lost a statewide office since 1994, say the bill will keep church elders from being sued for refusing to perform weddings that clash with “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
Democrats didn’t object but took to the House floor to say passing it won’t stop gay marriage from being legalized nationwide eventually.
“Some fine day, my partner and I are going to be able to get married in the great state of Texas. The Supreme Court will hopefully take care of that issue for us,” said Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, one of two openly gay state lawmakers.




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