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Is same-sex marriage headed to Texas? New bill paves the way

Is same-sex marriage headed to Texas? New bill paves the way

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If the bill passes, then same-sex couples could legally marry in Texas starting January 1, 2014.  Wedlok.com
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The Texas House will consider a bill that would grant same-sex couples the same legal and economic rights as all married couples. 
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On Valentine's Day, state Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) filed a  bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Texas.  Burnt Orange Report
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If Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) gets his way, then same-sex couples could legally marry in Texas starting January 1, 2014. Burnam sponsored House Bill 1300 on February 14.

Burnam told the Associated Press that he "filed the measure as a Valentine's Day gift to all Texans."

 Burnam told the Associated Press that he "filed the measure as a Valentine's Day gift to all Texans."

The bill faces a number of hurdles. Even if it passes the house, the 2005 state constitutional amendment that defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman would need to be repealed before the new law could go into effect. 

The bill takes aim at the Texas Family Code, repealing some sections and amending others to use gender-neutral language ("spouse" versus "husband" and "wife").

The bill would also grant same-sex couples the same legal and economic rights as all married couples. 

This is the fifth piece of legislation on same-sex marriage in the Texas House this session. Senators Jose Rodriguez and Chuy Hinojosa as well as representatives Rafael Anchia and Garnet Coleman have also filed resolutions challenging the Texas amendment that defined marriage as exclusively between a man and woman.

The Illinois State senate approved same-sex marriage on February 14. If the bill passes, Illinois will join nine other states that have already extended marriage rights to all people.