AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The gay marriage bill brawl isn’t close to coming to a close here in the Lone Star State.

Sen. Jose Menéndez (D) of San Antonio stepped in this morning to derail an anti-gay marriage bill less than an hour before the State Affairs Committee hearing was to begin. The bill’s consideration will be delayed until next week, at the earliest.

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S.B. 2065 would allow religious organizations or individuals to preside over marriage ceremonies they believe might clash with their beliefs. The bill, by Sen. Craig Estes (R) of Wichita Falls, would prevent a lawsuit against any group or person that refuses to serve a gay marriage.

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On Monday members of the LGBT community and those supporting gay rights and marriage equality gathered in downtown Dallas and Oak Lawn to rally ahead of Tuesday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

The delay will give the public and senators time to read and respond to the bill, said Sen. Kirk Watson (D) of Austin.

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