Petition Requesting Governor Abbott to Call a Special Session to Defend the Texas Marriage Amendment and State Sovereignty

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently deciding on the issue of legalizing marriage between homosexuals. To allow this would violate the Marriage Amendment in the Texas Constitution, Article 1, Section 32, which provides that “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.” The Marriage Amendment was passed by more than 76% of Texan voters.

Several bills were introduced in the 84th Texas Legislative Session to defend the Texas Marriage Amendment.  Despite a super-majority of state legislators supporting marriage as the union of only one man and one woman, none of these bills to defend the Texas Marriage Amendment reached the House or Senate floor for a vote.

A Legal Memorandum supporting traditional marriage was signed by 93 Republican legislators in the Texas House. A resolution supporting traditional marriage, SR 1028, was passed by 21 Texas State Senators. Unfortunately, neither of these has the force of law.

We call upon Governor Abbott and the Texas State Legislators to uphold their oath of office to defend the Texas Constitution.

We request for Governor Abbott to exercise his constitutional power to call a Special Session for consideration of legislation that would defend the Texas Marriage Amendment and State Sovereignty.