Texas Republicans are pushing hard in legislation to prevent local officials from issuing gay marriage licenses in the state, launching a strike against a possible court ruling next month from the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling may or not declare same sex marriage legal.
Such measure from Cecil Bell, a Republican, would prevent state and local officials from using taxpayer money to enforce, grant, or recognize a marriage license to same sex couples. Only a union between “one man and one woman” is allowed.
The move comes as the Supreme Court is set to rule on whether there’s a constitutional right to gay marriage or if states are authorized to define marriage exclusively between one man and one woman.
A legislation ban on issuing gay marriage licenses may stand, leading to a potentially expensive and all-out-legal war between federal courts and the state government.
As of early this week, over half of Texas House members showed their support for the bill, which concludes its entry if it gets over processing hurdles before this Thursday’s deadline.