AUSTIN (AP) – A contentious debate is expected as a Texas House committee hears a bill barring state and local employees from licensing or recognizing same-sex marriages — even if the U.S. Supreme Court authorizes them.READ MORE: Frisco Memorial Girls' And Boys' Basketball Teams No Longer The New Kids On The Block
The “Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act” by Magnolia Republican Rep. Cecil Bell Jr. will be heard Wednesday.
It says no state or local funds could be used to “license, register, certify or support” gay marriage. It would also prohibit officials from recognizing, granting or enforcing gay marriage licenses.READ MORE: Loophole In Federal Surprise Medical Bill Ban Leaves Patients At Risk Of High, Unexpected Ambulance Bills
Justices will hear same-sex marriage arguments this summer. Bell’s bill aims to ensure that, regardless of their ruling, gay marriage would remain illegal in Texas.
In 2005, voters statewide passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Bell says, “This is about the sovereignty of the states.”MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 1 Injured After Shooting In Forest Hill
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