Texas GOP wants to make marrying gays a felony, reinstate sodomy ban.

don't-mess-with-texasThe Texas Republican party has doubled down on the state’s same-sex marriage ban in their continued war against LGBT rights. Just months after the Republican state Attorney General challenged a same-sex couple’s request to divorce, the state GOP is pushing even further in their new 2010 platform. Taking a page from the heinous Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill, the GOP both wants to criminalize marrying a same-sex couple and reinstate a sodomy ban. From the platform:

Marriage Licenses – We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such. […]

Texas Sodomy Statutes – We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Basically, if someone were to help a gay couple get married, “the GOP would like to see that person serve mandatory jail time.” In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court found in Lawrence v. Texas that Texas’ “Homosexual Conduct” law — a measure outlawing oral and anal sex — unconstitutional. It appears Texas Republicans would like to overturn that decision. (HT: Joe. My. God. )

Charlie Eisenhood