Rep. Cecil Bell, author of HB4105
A bill that blocks the use of state and local funds to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples will be debated and put to a floor vote in the state House on Tuesday. The legislation, one of over 20 anti-gay bills introduced during the 2015 session, is in reaction to a presumed Supreme Court strike-down of same-sex marriage bans.
The nation's high court heard oral arguments over same-sex marriage bans last month. A decision is expected in June.
The bill, HB 4105
, attempts to override federal law with state law, which anyone who has taken a middle school government class is unconstitutional.
Introduced by Rep. Cecil Bell, (R-Magnolia), the proposal has 70 co-authors attached and is likely to pass. According to Towleroad
, the initiative is likely to sail through the Senate and make way to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk.
Terri Burke, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, said in a statement that Texas could be a laughingstock if the bill becomes law.
“This end-run play to subvert a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, to which the State of Texas would be constitutionally bound, makes Texas a laughing stock and flies in the face of Texas values,” Burke said. “A statewide poll released this week found that two-thirds of Texans support laws to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination. Meanwhile, lawmakers like Cecil Bell want to unleash an Indiana-style discrimination firestorm. Reasonable Texas legislators need to step forward and stop this shameful attack on LGBT Texans.”
If the bill does become law and the Supreme Court ruling strikes down gay marriage bans, expect the State of Texas to expend money and resources defending the law in court.