Gay Marriage Front and Center in Texas This Week
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to make a major policy change by extending the recognition of same-sex marriage rights to all states.
The new memo will mean big changes for same-sex couples in the Lone Star State. And there are mixed reactions from people on both sides of the issue.
Holder’s memo will be the latest application of a Supreme Court ruling from last June. It struck down a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Critics say a blanket ruling by the U.S. attorney general violates the Tenth Amendment, which allows states to to pass their own laws. They say the Obama Administration is going too far and acting inappropriately by not waiting for Congress to pass laws. It’s an issue the president addressed at his State of the Union Speech last month. Supporters of the change are excited that even though they still can’t get married in Texas, at the very least, their union will be recognized.