Austin City Council resolution supports same sex marriage

Austin City Council resolution supports same sex marriage

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On Thursday the Austin City Council unanimously passed a symbolic resolution supporting same sex marriage.

Council members said that while they realized that the state decides the legality of same sex marriages, the resolution was a way to put their support for marriage equality on the record.

The resolution says when the state prohibits same sex marriage it discriminates and undermines the moral integrity of its citizens. It goes on to say the state's views on marriage are inconsistent with Austin's values and commitment to equal rights.

According to the city, a 2010 University of Texas study showed 63% of Texans now support some form of legal recognition for same sex couples.

Council members who spearheaded the resolution joined members of Equality Texas, the Anti-Defamation League, and other organizations Thursday morning to talk about why Texas needs to change its laws.

"Marriage equality provides important legal and economic protections including access to health care, parenting rights and other protections that are vital to the safety and security of every family has a right to those and we stand behind every family in this city," said City Council Member Laura Morrison.

Austin has now joined other Texas cities that have supported same sex marriage that include Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio.

 

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