Governor Greg Abbott had the -- I donât want to call it respect, um -- well, one of his employees responded to at least one Secular Texan that sent him a letter after our February 21st Call-To-Action asking the governor and Attorney General Ken Paxton to end their war on marriage. Itâs short:
âWhile [Gov. Abbott] believes there are good and decent people on both sides of this issue, Governor Abbott believes in traditional marriage, a belief he shares with the majority of Texans. The governor will continue to support and defend Article 1, Section 32 of the Texas Constitution, which states that marriage consists âonly of the union of one man and one womanâ and was approved by nearly three quarters of Texas voters in 2005.â
Empty platitudes asideâ¦
That 2005 election he is referring to there had a turnout of 13.82% of eligible Texans. That means somewhere around 10% of Texans voted in support of the constitutional amendment defining marriage as âonly of the union of one man and one woman.â Not exactly inspiring figures.
And, most importantly, while we completely support the governorâs right to his own personal beliefs, Gov. Abbottâs personal beliefs were never in question here. We are completely aware of them. What is in question is his constitutional obligation, one that he agreed to take upon himself under oath, to uphold the Texas Constitution, including its Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the United States. Section 3 of the Texas Bill of Rights along with the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States both guarantee that all citizens will be treated equally under the law, with no special privileges given to any person or group over another group.
Maybe the governor got confused and he thought the letter to him was a personal letter, to him as a private citizen. But, you know what, I kind of doubt it. I am pretty sure this is a simple matter of Gov. Abbott not understanding the difference between our shared public government and his god.
So, no, Mr. Governor. That is not good enough. We didnât ask why you do not personally support the equal treatment of all Texans under the law. We asked why you refuse to stand up to fulfill your duty as the governor of all Texans -- whether gay or straight, Baptist of Episcopalians, religious or non-religious -- to ensure that all Texans are treated equally under the law. I want to hear you get up in front of all Texans and publicly state why you refuse to uphold your duty as governor of our state -- which just so happens not to be the Theocratic Dictatorship of Greg-Abbott-istan.