After a Travis County Judge ruled the Texas Constitutional Amendment prohibiting the marriage of same sex couple's to marry, Gov. Greg Abbott and Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton both stepped in to continue Texas' war against the equal treatment of LGBTQ Texans under the law
Secular Texas has called on Gov. Abbott and Atty. Gen. Paxton to fulfill the promise of the 14th Amendment to the ConstitutionÂ of the United States, and Section 3 of the Texas Bill of Rights, both of which guarantee equal treatment under the law of all citizens.
While Secular Texas is a strong supporter of the rights of individuals to freedom of conscience and freedom of worship, those freedoms do not extend to the point of infringing on the Constitutionally guaranteed equal treatment of others under the law. All Texans are free to hold their own personal view of what defines a marriage. However, if the Texas government is to involve itself in marriage, as a legal institution, it must do so within the confines that the United States Constitution and the Texas Bill of Rights allows, treating all Texans as equals and extending equal protections to all under the law.
Broadening the legal definition of marriage does nothing to infringe on the rights of Texans to worship or believe as they see fit, nor their right to define marriage according to their personal beliefs. Our shared state government is not a tool to be used, not even by a majority of Texans, to deny equal protections and equal treatment under the law to our fellow citizens.
You can read the full statement here.