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Texas Senate sends same-sex marriage amendment to voters

[JURIST] The Texas Senate [official website] approved a proposed constitutional amendment Saturday that would ban same-sex marriages [JURIST hot topic]. The measure will be presented to voters in the state's November elections, and, if passed, will amend the state constitution [text] to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Read the Texas Senate press release on the vote. Fourteen states have adopted similar constitutional amendments and Massachusetts is the only state to recognize same-sex marriages. On Friday, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich vetoed [JURIST report] a bill in that state that would have allowed rights for gay partners who registered with the state, while earlier this month an initiative in Arizona [JURIST report] began to make a similar amendment to that state's constitution. AP has more.

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