Although the state of Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages, there are other ways for same-sex couples to protect their legal rights in the event of an illness, death, or breakup. An experienced family law attorney can assist same-sex couples in protecting their property and financial rights. In the meantime, many groups are working to change laws that ban same-sex couples from marrying.
Proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment passed in the 2008 state elections in California. The amendment eliminates the rights of same-sex couples to marry. In February a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Proposition 8 discriminated against gays and lesbians. The panel said that the ban on gay marriage did nothing other than to, “lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians.”
Supporters of Proposition 8 say that it furthers “responsible procreation,” an argument the panel rejected. Backers of the amendment appealed the ruling to a larger panel of 11 judges who declined to review it. Backers have 90 days to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
An Equality California board member commented on the decision saying, “Two federal courts in this case have affirmed what we know to be true – that Proposition 8 seriously infringes on the guarantee of equal protection and serves no legitimate state interest.” According to a recent Gallup Poll, 50 percent of Americans believe same-sex marriage should be legal, while 48 percent oppose it. Six states and the District of Columbia currently allow same-sex marriage.
Source: MSNBC, “Federal appeals court won’t revisit California’s Prop 8; gay marriage ban likely headed to US Supreme Court,” Miranda Leitsinger and James Eng, June 5, 2012