Press Room

November 28, 2005

Category: Civil Unions, Domestic Partners

Divisive Politics to Blame for Discrimination in Texas

'Education is a long-term effort that cynical politics can never stop,' said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese.

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign said today's vote denying marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships to same-sex couples will seriously harm thousands of Texas families.

"Education is a long-term effort that cynical politics can never stop," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "These amendments are part of a long-standing effort by the extreme right to eliminate any legal recognition for gay people and our families. The volunteers and hard-working team at No Nonsense in November should be proud of their work against this amendment. This fight for fairness isn't over and we won't give up."

Texas joins 17 other states with constitutional amendments denying marriage to same-sex couples. The amendment in Texas not only prohibits marriage but also threatens civil unions and domestic partnerships that are widely supported by most Americans.
In addition to activating more than 30,000 members across the state, HRC and its Texas leadership contributed more than $100,000 to the No Nonsense in November campaign. Three HRC staff members have been in Texas to work with the campaign, helping to turn out the vote, recruit volunteers and activate the student vote.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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