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TX textbooks adapt to non-recognition of civil unions

[JURIST] Two of the largest textbook publishers - Holt, Rinehart and Winston and Glencoe/McGraw-Hill - have agreed to change health-related textbooks in Texas to depict marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The Texas Board of Education approved the new textbooks Friday with a 10-4 vote. A board member argued that the previous books, using terms such as "married partners," violated Texas law, which does not recognize gay civil unions. The books will now clearly state terms such as "husbands and wives" and "when a man and a woman marry." Last year, Texas lawmakers passed a law that prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex civil unions. The state already had a ban on gay marriage. AP has more. In the 2004 election, all eleven states considering the issue passed state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and, in some states, civil unions as well.

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