Oh, how I miss Molly Ivins.
"This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage."
Thatâ€™s from a 2005 amendment to the Texas state constitution. It was passed by the â€œlegeâ€ as Molly used to refer to the state legislature. The amendment was then ratified by Texas voters.
Barbara Ann Radnofsky says that one neednâ€™t â€œhave to have a fancy law degree to read this and understand what it plainly says.â€ Her interpretation is that this clause effectively â€œeliminates marriage in Texas.â€
The intent of the amendment is to ban same-sex marriage and this clause, Section B, is intended to ban same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions. Radnofsky is a candidate for attorney general in Texas and offered the assessment above. Of course, the entrenched power structure disagrees.
Poorly written legislation proves again that one law is immutable: The law of unintended consequences.
Read all about the story here.
California gets such a bad rap but weâ€™ve never done anything like this, have we?
Texan Molly Ivins would have such fun with thisâ€¦and enlighten us in the process.